From WCTR News (1530 AM, Chestertown) . . .
Del. Michael Smigiel, R-36-Cecil, was named chairman this week of a new Tea Party Caucus, while a Baltimore Democrat named vice chairman had to relinquish his seat after raising the ire of his colleagues.
Speaking in a Thursday telephone interview, Smigiel said the newly formed House of Delegates Tea Party Caucus held an organizational meeting Monday, at which he was named chairman.
Smigiel said this is the first General Assembly session for the caucus.
The Tea Party movement was an ever-present source of concern for Democrats during last year’s election cycle and it was successful in swinging the U.S. House of Representatives’ majority from the Democrats to the Republicans, though it did not muster similar results in Maryland’s General Assembly.