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Republicans reorganize

Demoralized by the loss of the governor and of at least seven seats in the House of Delegates, Maryland Republicans are trying to pull themselves off the floor and reorganize.

Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Baltimore area Republican, said yesterday there is a move afoot to oust Del. Tony O'Donnell (R-Calvert), who is the highest ranking Republican still in the House, from his leadership post.

McDonough said his colleagues are rallying around Del. Wade Kach, a more moderate Republican who is friendly with House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), as the next minority leader, with a whip to be named later.

O'Donnell, who was in line to become leader, could not be reached this morning. McDonough said the change has been rooted in a sense among GOP members that they need to start the session by "building bridges" after four years of intense partisanship in Annapolis. "We should not reward failure," McDonough said.

By  |  November 15, 2006; 11:19 AM ET
 
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We don't need Republicans in Annapolis trying to "get along" with the Democrats. We need them to stand up and stop the bad ideas that are sure to emerge from an O'Malley Administration and a General Assembly heavily dominated by Democrats. The Republicans in this state are the opposition party, and it is their job to oppose the proposals that will be coming next year to raise taxes, increase spending, and make Maryland even more unfriendly to businesses.

Posted by: MK | November 15, 2006 11:48 AM | Report abuse

McDonough must think that the cure for partisanship is one party rule.

Partisanship was "intense" the last four years because there hasn't been a rubber stamp for bad legislation in the Governor's mansion.

Democrats should have been careful about what they wished for.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

We'll see the cause of the "intense partisanship" in the opening days of the legislative session. Michael Busch will enthusiastically support Governor O'Malley's slot bill that will pass. The only reason Busch opposed Gov. Ehrlich's plan was because he was a Republican and Busch wanted to obstruct him.

Posted by: soccer dad | November 15, 2006 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The comments above is exactly why the GOP failed so miserably in Maryland. Such blind, selfish partisanship is simply self-serving and too many Marylanders realized that until the greater community of Marylanders are allowed to advance their quality of life, we all suffer.

What do these people fear? Progress? Healthy neighbors? Clean air? Better Bay?

All they want is a buck or two more to spend on cigarettes and ammunition. Sad.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Until now, I had always thought of Pat McDonough as one of those rabid partisans.

Posted by: howie | November 15, 2006 4:15 PM | Report abuse

A couple of weeks ago, I'm pretty sure Michael Busch said that slots shouldn't be high on the agenda of the incoming Governor regardless of who wins. I took that as his signal that he remains immovable on the subject.

I actually hope that a new bill, limited to the tracks, with more revenue to the horsemen and less to Magna, finds its way through the Assembly in the next four years.

Ehrlich's and Miller's plans were a big payoff to the out-of-towners with little in return.

Posted by: howie | November 15, 2006 4:21 PM | Report abuse

An anonymous poster asks, "What do these people fear? Progress? Healthy neighbors? Clean air? Better Bay?"

Of course we don't fear these things. What we do fear, however, is higher taxes, more government spending on ineffectual programs (show me any evidence that increasing educational spending has done anything to improve education in this state), a failure to address the state's structural deficit (and, in fact, increased spending that will make it worse), further laws and regulations to drive businesses out of state, restrictions on the right of law-abiding people to own firearms, more rules and regulations to increase the cost of health insurance and health care, etc.

These are the things that we will see from an O'Malley Administration and his rubber stamp General Assembly.

Posted by: MK | November 15, 2006 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"We'll see the cause of the "intense partisanship" in the opening days of the legislative session. Michael Busch will enthusiastically support Governor O'Malley's slot bill that will pass. The only reason Busch opposed Gov. Ehrlich's plan was because he was a Republican and Busch wanted to obstruct him."

Right on the money. When O'Malley gets his slots plan, it will be loud and clear who the bitter partinsans were the past four years. Just think of all the social programs that could have been discussed or even created during that wasted effort.

It really doesn't matter though. Bitter partisans elect bitter partisans. The electorate couldn't bear to have a name with an R after it in the Governor's mansion any longer. He cleaned up the mess and now they're done with him. Time to plunder once again.

Posted by: calvert-R | November 15, 2006 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Guess we'd all better run out this weekend and use the "gun show loophole" to stock up on several dozen firearms and a few thousands rounds of low-cost ammo!

Taxing ammo doesn't bother us country folk, you know. We all reload our own ammo.

Posted by: Rufus | November 16, 2006 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Ehrlich was the most corrupt governor in Maryland history. A most impressive achievement. Look at the huge budget deficit he is leaving behind. truly a disgusting human being.

Posted by: MD4BUSH | November 16, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey MD4BUSH, who was the Maryland politician that used a staffer to post rumors about himself so as to slander his opponent when his camp made note of them?

Oh yeah, that was O'Malley.

You live in one heck of a glass house, fella.

Posted by: Rufus | November 16, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

MD4BUSH-

We know you hate all things Republican but the election is over...time to start telling the truth here.

Give us one example of corruption in the Ehrlich administration.

Posted by: Calvert-R | November 16, 2006 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"...a failure to address the state's structural deficit..."

Why wasn't that addressed during the last four years?

I guess Bob's "mandate" was to raid directed funds, raise user fees and call talk shows.

Posted by: howie | November 16, 2006 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Howie,

You are right that more should have been done to reduce the structural deficit during Ehrlich's term. He did make efforts to reduce or slow the growth of spending (until this year, at least) and we have a temporary surplus because of this as well as a good economy. However, this surplus won't last and the burdens that the state's entitlement spending will impose over the next five years is going to be substantial.

Posted by: MK | November 16, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Wade Kach has never challenged anything or anybody since he has been in the legislature.He will go along with the sales tax increase the Democrats have planned to screw the people who voted for them.

Posted by: Kach 22 | November 17, 2006 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Sales tax increase? Figures. Guess I'll be doing a lot more shopping in Delaware but it gives me an excuse to visit the beach more often.

Posted by: Rufus | November 17, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Ehrlich was the most corrupt governor in Maryland history."

Ever hear of Spiro Agnew or Marvin Mandel?

Posted by: Marylander | November 17, 2006 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The truth of the matter is, the Republicans in the House and Senate were irrelevant before. They are even more so now. They can either work with the Democrats to get things accomplished, or sit on the sidelines and cry. Those are their choices.

Posted by: Marylander | November 17, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party in Maryland is dead.

Posted by: MDGOP is DEAD | December 2, 2006 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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