Pelura Gets "No Confidence" Vote
Leaders of the Maryland Republican Party expressed "no confidence" yesterday in embattled Chairman James Pelura but stopped short of calling for a special convention that would be required to oust him.
Pelura, an Anne Arundel County veterinarian, has faced growing calls to resign amid continuing financial difficulties at the state party and declining Republican registration numbers in Maryland, a traditionally Democratic-leaning state. With an election year approaching, Pelura has also clashed with Republican legislative leaders over his agenda.
Pelura, who was elected chairman in December 2006, declined to comment following a lengthy meeting of the GOP's executive committee at party headquarters in Annapolis.
But three sources familiar with the proceedings said the executive committee voted 20 to 10 to express "no confidence" in Pelura's chairmanship. The sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the party, suggested the vote would give Pelura time to step down before party leaders consider more aggressive action.
Pelura most recently drew ire from fellow Republicans for firing Justin Ready, the party's executive director, without consulting other GOP leaders.
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