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Cryor Stepping Down At End of Month

Mike Cryor, a confidant of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) who has led the Maryland Democratic Party since 2007, announced today that he is stepping down at the end of the month.

Cryor's departure is hardly unexpected. He took the job somewhat reluctantly at O'Malley's urging and had indicated from the outset that his tenure would not be unusually lengthy.

Best known as a communications strategist, Cryor greatly exceeded expectations as a fundraiser and led a largely unified party through a successful 2008 election.He has also been the only African-American state party chairman during his tenure.

Cryor said in a statement that he is leaving "with mixed emotions."

"In the past 18 months, we've made great strides as a party, as a state and as a nation," Cryor said. " I am very proud of the work we've all done - from Governor O'Malley to the grassroots - in securing the change our nation so desperately needs. However, it has not been without sacrifices. I must still work for a living, and so I now turn my attention to my business, returning full time to the private sector."

Among his business interests is consulting work for a potential bidder in Maryland's slot-machine program, which was approved by voters in November.

By John Wagner  |  January 8, 2009; 5:11 PM ET
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