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Colleagues Rally Around King For Anne Arundel Seat

Del. James J. King (R-Anne Arundel) has received a boost from his House colleagues in a bid to replace the retiring Sen. Janet Greenip (R-Anne Arundel).

In a joint letter to members of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee, which will recommend a successor, Dels. Tony McConkey (R-Anne Arundel) and Robert A. Costa (R-Anne Arundel) say have agreed to support King for the seat. All three delegates represent districts that are part of Greenip's district.

"Delegate King's strong constituent service coupled with his high name recognition and prolific fundrasing ability makes him the best candidate to defend and hold the Senate seat," says the April 26 letter, which King also signed.The three delegates say they came to the joint decision to avoid "infighting amongst our party faithful."

Greenip is stepping down with well over a year left in her term. She is one of only two Republican women in the Maryland Senate.

Several other politicians besides King could pursue Greenip's seat, including members of the Anne Arundel County Council. The county GOP central committee will forward its recommendation to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who officially names a successor.

By John Wagner  |  April 29, 2009; 8:07 AM ET
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