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Friends Try to Draft Md. GOP Candidate on Facebook

As Republicans continue to ponder possible gubernatorial nominees for next year, among the latest names to emerge is John White, an Annapolis-based marketing executive who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006.

A "Draft John White for Maryland Governor" page has surfaced on Facebook, the social networking site, and had attracted more than 300 members as of today.

"Since it looks like the economic picture is going to be the #1 issue for years to come, let's draft John since he understands what it will take to make Maryland prosper again," the site says.

White, chief executive officer of Compass Marketing, said the site was created by two friends of his without his encouragement or discouragement. He said he has "no specific interest" in running for governor right now.

"I never say never, but don't see it today, White said.

In 2006, White was defeated for the Democrat-leaning 3rd Congressional seat by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), 64 percent to 34 percent.

Maryland Republicans could be scrambling to find a nominee for governor next year if former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) decides not to seek a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who defeated Ehrlich in 2006. Ehrlich has indicated it could be several months before he makes his intentions known.

Towson lawyer Mike Pappas, a Baltimore County GOP activist, has formed an exploratory committee. And there is another movement under way to draft Charles Lollar, the chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee.

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 22, 2009; 3:51 PM ET
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WOW! Lots of interest here! LoL

Posted by: free-donny | May 23, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

With the current Governor representing record tax increases, failing to curtail the outrageous energy costs and depending fully on a government bailout, I think it is smart of the GOP to front a business based candidate. The GOP needs to support a Romney/Bloomberg type candidate to get them back on track. With O'Malley mis-stepping everywhere, Mr. White could be a legitimate contender and threat based on an economic type platform.

Posted by: ReggieV | May 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, its good to see at least one other interested voter!

The GOP is self-distructing at a national level right before our eyes...and in MD, it has become a joke. I'm a Democrat, but do not believe America should be a one-party system. The GOP MUST reinvent themselves.... I just don't think Facebook is the answer.

Posted by: free-donny | May 27, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

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