Cox, Peroutka and Bowers Attended QAnon Conference
Attendance of Radicalized Candidates is as Appalling as it is Unsurprising
A gathering of far-right conspiracy theorists took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last weekend for an event called “Patriots Arise.” Organized by QAnon conspiracy theorists Alan and Francine Fosdick, the two-day conference featured appearances by several Republican candidates for office, including Pennsylvania GOP state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who is currently running for governor, Teddy Daniels, who is running for lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania; Rick Bowers, who is running for state Senate in Maryland; and Dan Cox, who is running for governor in Maryland. Kathy Barnette, who is running for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, was originally listed as being scheduled to attend but did not appear, though neo-Confederate Michael Peroutka, who is running for attorney general in Maryland, did make a surprise appearance.
Other speakers included Trump campaign attorney Jenna Ellis and current Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington.
Cox was also a featured speaker at the event, as was Bowers.
The promotional video was absolutely absurd and offensive.
It wasn’t the only weird thing this weekend.
In case you were wondering, this dude is somebody who is a “State National Educator” which is code for helping people become sovereign citizens.
Why anybody would want to attend this conference is beyond me. It’s appalling that Cox, Peroutka, and Bowers think that attending this conference would help them in any way, shape, or form to win an election in Maryland. But since these three live so deeply in their own bubbles, it is hardly surprising.