by Katie Pohlman
Special to The Gazette
At the Maryland Young Republicans’ convention this Saturday, 2012 U.S. Senate nominee Dan Bongino is scheduled to give a speech filled with campaign advice, coupled with both successful and failed personal experiences, and message marketing solutions.
“We don’t have a message problem, we have a marketing problem,” he said. “We need to take back our message.”
Bongino’s speech will also focus on the need to push back on the Democratic Party and make them take responsibility for their recent actions.
He also mentioned that he will be running in 2014. Even though he refused to specify which office he will run for, Bongino said he will be dropping hints during his speech at the convention. As of now, he and his campaign are narrowing the choices down and weighing which office would be better for him. An official announcement about his campaign is set to be made on June 18, he said.
“If the homework assignment was 100 questions, we’re closing in on question 99,” Bongino said on deciding which office to run for.
New Day Maryland Chairman Charles Lollar, Harford County Executive David Craig and Frederick County Board of Commissioners President Blaine Young will join Bongino as speakers scheduled at the conference. Training sessions, with topics ranging from how to run for municipal office to fundraising will be held throughout the day as well.
The day will end with a gubernatorial straw poll.
Maryland Young Republicans President Brian Griffiths said close to 50 people are expected to attend the convention, the same number as in previous years.
The organization’s bylaws require an annual convention, but this year’s will have a special focus on statewide candidates, Griffiths said. The convention will allow candidates to spread their message to potential voters.
“It gives candidates an opportunity to reach out to young Republicans, and young Republicans an opportunity to interact with the candidates,” he said.
For the past two years, the convention has been held in Anne Arundel County, but MDYR chose to hold this year’s convention in Rockville because Montgomery County is home to the third largest number of registered Republicans in Maryland. The Montgomery County chapter is also the most active in the state, Griffiths said.