Elkridge resident O.P. Ditch is in Tampa, FL, this week as an at-large alternate at the Republican National Convention.
The retired Air Force colonel has been posting updates from the Sunshine State on Twitter, including the following exchange with congressional hopeful Frank Mirabile, who is running for a seat in District 7, which includes parts of Howard County:
Ditch, who posted on Twitter that this is his third time attending a Republican National Convention, is an "at-large" delegate, meaning he is one of ten delegates selected by the Maryland Republican Party to vote on its candidate for the 2012 Presidential election.
Since moving to Maryland from Virginia in 2010, Ditch is still making the adjustment to living in a Democrat-dominated state, according to The Baltimore Sun.
"My enthusiasm for Maryland politics has been building slowly," Ditch told The Baltimore Sun.
He has testified as an individual before the Howard County Council on issues like and on Ellicott City's Main Street.
This article was corrected at 4:25 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, to indicate the protest on Main Street was regarding a health care mandate rather than birth control itself. Patch regrets the error.