The Rod N Reel in Chesapeake Beach came alive on March 10, 2016 for the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee 18th Annual Louis L Goldstein Dinner. This night they were honoring one of their own and one other – Hagner R Mister and Congressman Elijah Cummings.
The event was heavily attended by the labor unions and Maryland Democrat elected officials. Those in attendance were Attorney General Brian Frosh, Congressman Chris VanHollen, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Senator Mike Miller, Delegate Michael Jackson, Former Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance, Former Attorney General of Maryland Doug Gansler, and local elected officials Clerk of the Court Kathy Smith and Register of Wills Margaret Phipps. Labor Unions represented were IBEW Local 26, Steamfitters Local 602, Heat and Frost Insulators Local 24, Ironworkers Local 5, Plumbers Local 5, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Local 100 and Operating Engineers Local 77. Many other Democrat Clubs from Maryland were present.
The evening opened with the Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 429, Eagle Scout Justin Byum led the Pledge of Allegiance, and our National Anthem was sung by Andre Jones. After the invocation, the buffet line was opened.
Following dinner, the guest speakers were introduced. Congressman Chris VanHollen and Congresswoman Donna Edwards are in a tight race for the Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. During his remarks, VanHollen, alluded to the fact that Elijah Cummings had taken on the Republicans and their lies regarding Benghazi. Congresswoman Edwards said that we all respect hard work, families and organized labor.
Maryland Democrat Party Chairman, Bruce Poole, reminded the audience that Governor Hogan favors the “Right to Work” legislation in Annapolis. This legislation prohibits any agreement between unions and employers that make union membership a requirement for the job.
The first award of the night for Community Service went to Reverend Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church for his work on helping people succeed. The Dan Pike Volunteer of the Year Award went to Carl Golie, a retired Navy Specialist and Harriet Gossett, a retired teacher.
The Louis L Goldstein Award was given to Congressman Elijah Cummings and Retired Secretary of Agriculture Hagner R Mister. Hagner Mister told those in attendance that the election was going to be a tough one. He said he was going to be very busy making sure people will go to the polls to on April 26 and cast their ballots.
Congressman Cummings said that the presidential frontrunner was always saying disparaging things about certain groups of people and women. Cummings had been thinking of running for the Senate seat being vacated by Mikulski but there has been talk of him being the candidate for Vice President.
Please enjoy the pictures of the event below.
Margit Miler / Calvert Beacon