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Gingrich Rallies Maryland Republicans

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich energized a crowd of more than 700 Maryland Republicans at the BWI Airport Marriott Friday night with a call not to concede a single vote as the party rebuilds.

The Maryland party's executive director, Justin Ready, said today that Gingrich offered "positive solutions" for attracting new voters as he helps state parties around the country meet the challenge of being out of power in Washington, Ready said

"He told people not to complain but to get involved," Ready said.

The 19th annual Red, White and Blue Dinner, the party's annual fundraiser, featured U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Frederick) as honorary chairman. Ready said he has not finished tabulating the proceeds.

The GOP's prospects for taking on Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) next year are in limbo while possible contenders for the nomination wait for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) to decide if he will run again.

"A lot of people are sniffing around, but they're waiting on Ehrlich," Ready said.

By Lisa Rein  |  June 8, 2009; 2:46 PM ET
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Well, ya gotta give it to the newt. He draws a crowd. He got all 700 Republicans left in MD to meet him! Thats 100% turn out!

Posted by: free-donny | June 9, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

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