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Maryland GOP Has New Director

The Maryland Republican Party has tapped Justin Ready, an aide to Sen. Janet Greenip (R-Anne Arundel), as its new executive director.

Ready succeeds John Flynn, who has taken a job as staff attorney for Americans for Prosperity, a DC-based group that promotes limited government.

Party Chairman James Pelura said Ready, 26, was chosen from more than a dozen applicants. His appointment comes as the party is working to repair its finances, which were badly damaged when fundraising dried up after former GOP Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr's loss to Gov.Martin O'Malley (D) in 2006.

Pelura said the party has paid off $65,000 of a $100,000 line of credit it was forced to take out to cover its debts. He said he hopes to have everything paid off by mid-summer.

"Our thrust is to get our debts paid off,"he said. "Then we can start working on [the election of] 2010."

By Lisa Rein  |  April 28, 2008; 4:11 PM ET
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The MD GOP is bankrupt? Not a good position to plan from - it is probably wise to only make longterm plans. I don't give any GOP canditdates much chance in the near term anywhere in MD anyway.

2010 may even be aggressive, but who knows...never underestimate an incumbant's ability to destroy their own reputation.

I'm a Dem, but I like both balance and competition.

Posted by: Donny | April 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear it for borrow and spend! Seems to be a theme in the Republican party--spend until there is a mound of debt, and then leave it to someone else to clean up. Perfect.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

26 years old and the executive director of the GOP in MD? While that's impressive, is it really the best move for an obviously ailing party to hire someone so young?

Or, is that a typo?

Posted by: Liz | April 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

It actually sounds like the ranks of the MD GOP have been thinned out WAY beyond even my estimation.

Posted by: Donny | April 29, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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