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Md. GOP Trolls for Speaker, Gets a Big Name

Maryland Republicans were without a featured speaker for their breakfast this morning, so delegation leader Don Murphy starting trolling.

By 5 a.m., Murphy had arrived at the St. Paul restaurant from which MSNBC's "Morning Joe" is being broadcast this week. The morning talk show, hosted by former Florida congressman Joe Scarborough (R), has attracted an A-list of politicians and journalists -- and Murphy reeled in a big one.

Around 9 a.m., Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a veepstakes finalist, addressed Maryland delegates and alternates at their hotel.

"I'm glad this worked out," Pawlenty said upon taking the microphone.

Pawlenty said he felt Maryland and Minnesota Republicans "are kindred spirits in some ways," given both live in states that have traditionally been dominated by Democrats. His talk focused on ways to build the party.

"Please don't quit," Pawlenty said. "Persistence matters. ..... This party needs to reach out to folks and not just be the stereotypical Republicans. ..... We have to be the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club."

After the governor departed, Murphy, who was wearing a baseball cap, mentioned that his cell phone had gone off after being captured on camera at Scarborough's show. It was his mother. "She said, 'You're indoors. Take off your hat.'"

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 3, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
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Getting folks to speak at the Maryland Delegation Breakfasts wasn't a problem at the Democratic Convention.

What does that say about Maryland Republicans?


Posted by: Fickered-Out | September 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Republicans hold fast to the ideals of the Republican party...they don't need celebrity or big speakers, they realize it is the people that are important not guest speakers. Great stuff guys go Maryland!

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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