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Pelura Seeks 'Massive Gains' in Legislature

Say what you will about embattled Maryland Republican Party Chairman James Pelura, but he certainly seems to be trying to raise money.

A week ago, Pelura acknowledged in a fundraising solicitation that the party is "broke."

In another letter that has come our way, Pelura asks for money to support Republican candidates for the General Assembly next year, saying help is needed to stem "the disastrous socialism of the Maryland Democrats."

Pelura acknowledges the possibility that the state's Democratic governor could be re-elected, writing: "If Martin O'Malley wins a second term with support from large liberal majorities in the State Capitol, it will only get worse -- more taxes, more spending, more government control. These people simply cannot be trusted with so much power."

Republicans currently hold 14 of 47 Senate seats and 36 of 141 House seats. Pelura says he is seeking "massive gains."

By John Wagner  |  July 28, 2009; 8:46 AM ET
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And where are those "massive gains" going to come from? The GOP's current platform and tone make Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties essentially off limits, and 45% of the legislators come from those three places.

The GOP has picked most of the low hanging fruit (conservative districts represented by legacy Dems) already, and while there are some other opportunities for them to gain, in places like Anne Arundel and Harford Counties and the Eastern Shore and western panhandle, there are opportunities for Democrats as well. I don't see potential for truly massive Republican gains in the legislature.

Posted by: mkarns | July 28, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Can we just say, "reality check"? MD GOP, political ambition is one thing, losing touch with reality is another...

Find a new state party chairman, and fast!

Even most Democrats do not want a one-party system in MD.

Posted by: free-donny | July 29, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

look for a gain or two in unlikely places... but rest assured it will have nothing to do w/ Pelura.

Posted by: atruemoderate | July 29, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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