Friday, October 19, 2012

Alzona presages 2012 Maryland GOP election results in a Gazette Newspapers story

Augustus Alzona presages 2012 Maryland election results for the GOP in a Gazette Newspapers story, by C. Benjamin Ford, quoted below:
In Montgomery County, nonaffiliated voters passed registered Republicans for the first time in December 2010. In the latest report, there were 333,118 Democrats, 123,404 Republicans and 133,523 nonaffiliated voters.

Augustus Alzona, who served on the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010, said he was not surprised.

From his observations, voter registration outreach efforts by the Montgomery County GOP initially helped attract new voters, including minorities in the increasingly diverse county, Alzona said.

But then, money raised was sent to help the top of the campaign tickets and less was spent on local retail political efforts, he said.

That was a major reason why the number of nonaffiliated voters eventually passed the number of registered Republicans, he said.

Republican numbers have continued to decline in Montgomery County, while the number of Democrats and nonaffiliated voters grows, he said.

Alzona, who remains a Republican, expressed frustration that as a socially conservative Catholic, he believes too many Republicans are supporting same-sex marriage. This could lead other social conservatives to leave the party and either become independents or find another party to join, he said.

“One of my pet peeves was the focus was solely on fundraising and not on the grass-roots fundamentals of registering voters,” Alzona said.

"Number of nonaffiliated voters continues to grow"