Councilwoman, Republican Party Chair Picking Up Tabs to Boost Local Restaurants

    Two prominent Republicans in Maryland are planning to treat their neighbors to dinner ― for a $10,000 tab.

    State Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire and his wife, Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Jessica Haire, announced Tuesday that they are buying $10,000 in meals from restaurants and caterers in Anne Arundel to help small businesses and residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) ordered restaurants to close dine-in areas last week, though carry-out and delivery meals have remained available for eateries that are able to provide them.

    On Wednesday, the Haires will pay the first $25 for the first 40 residents who order out from Skipper’s Pier in Deale and ask for “Dinner on Jessica and Dirk.”

    The Haires will offer the same “Dinner on Jessica and Dirk” deal at Glory Days Grill in Edgewater on Thursday. On Friday, they will order dinner for Anne Arundel County Police officers from Julie St. Marie Catering.

    “During this time, we are all concerned about supporting our communities and we want to encourage everyone to focus on what’s important; spending time around the dinner table with our families and taking care of our neighbors.  We will continue to look for ways to get through this difficult time, together,” the Haires said in a statement.

    The state party said the dinners ― more of which will be announced next week ― are part of a new “Buy Local and Help Your Neighbor” effort.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.