New GOP Leaders
Maryland's House Republicans picked their leadership team yesterday afternoon, returning Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (Calvert) to the chamber's front row, this time to serve as Minority Leader.
The former Republican whip said he recognize he would have to play a somewhat different role in the upcoming four years than he did while serving under Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s leadership.
"We will be respectful in our tone," O'Donnell pledged. "On matters of principle, we will be aggressive."
Ehrlich had been publicly expressing his support for a team that would continue to be strident opponents to the Democratic orthodoxy in Annapolis. In the Senate, though, Republicans picked a team that pledged to work more in concert across the aisle.
Del. Christopher Shank (Washington), who will become House minority whip, said the caucus members were clear in their desire to temper the approach somewhat from the past four years.
"It's not about throwing bombs," Shank said.
The outgoing House minority leader, Sen.-elect George C. Edwards (Garrett), said he believes the Republicans in both chambers recognize a need to make adjustments in the aftermath of the 2006 elections.
"They know they have to change their approach, and I know they'll do that," Edwards said.
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