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Pelura Says Md. Republican Party is 'Broke'

"Our Party is broke, and we need your help."

That rather frank admission is included in a new fundraising solicitation sent out this week by James Pelura, the embattled chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

Pelura, who has refused to resign despite a no-confidence vote last week by the party's executive committee, writes that he is "honored and humbled to be your Chairman and guide our party to relevancy and victory."

He acknowledges that GOP registration is down in Maryland: "As head of the Party, I take responsibility for that. But I alone cannot register Republicans. It is the responsibility of every registered Republican in this state to reach out to a first time voter, a neighbor new to our state or new to your neighborhood and register them."

The letter asks for donations of any size. "No amount is too small!" it says.

By John Wagner  |  July 22, 2009; 4:51 PM ET
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The Republican Party has gone from riches to rags in less than four years, Who can forget John Kane (soon to be indicted by the Federal Government), Bobbie (aka "Bobito" in Spanish for "Little Idiot") Ehrlich and his Lt. Gov Silly Steely proclaiming back in 2002 that Bobito would be Governor for 8 years and Silly Steely for 8 more years. The Republican Party in Maryland and across the country is DEAD. Even if O'Malley performs poorly, he will be re-elected or another Democrat will replace him because there is no credible Republican alternative.

End of story.

Posted by: GoodAmerican | July 22, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

GoodAmerican: that would be extremely bad news for Maryland's INDEPENDENT voters. The lack of a serious challenge means local and Democratic officeholders think they can do anything without a real debate, think they can raise taxes by any amount, and really do not need to listen to anyone except the relatively small number of party loyalists who vote in the primaries. Even moderate Democrats are not well served by that scenario.

There are plenty of ticked off independents in this state who want an alternative in 2010. MDGOP, get your house in order!

Posted by: afpre42 | July 23, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

As someone who regularly finds myself outworking Republicans, even in a county that is thought to be primarily "red" I am not surprised.
The Democratic party has been working harder to build their base and educate new voters of the constant missteps of the Republican party across the county, not just here in Maryland.
This state is merely on the forefront of something that will soon be seen throughout most of the county, and that is the demise and eventual dissolution of the Republican Party.
Registered Maryland Republicans who are not extremists are quickly realizing that in order to have quality representations for their districts that electing an R is not the way to do it, not if they want to get any favorable legislation through the General Assembly.
Times are clearly changing, this report backs it up.

Posted by: CecilDemocrat | July 23, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Why waste the money? The Repuke Party is dead and buried in MD; spend the money someplace that the Repukes can rely on...say Alaska...get a two State strategy going so that your party can at least show a win. The way it's looking now, there is very little hope for the Republican National Club; be content with running two States as you should.

Posted by: Beingsensible | July 23, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

While I Democrat runs thick in my veins, I think we do need two parties. The Repubes seem to be gasping for their last breath and begging for money to avoid bankruptcy.

Perhaps even for "independent voters", the GOP death durge could be a sign of hope. I have always wondered, with so much discontent and anger towards politicians... why have all third party efforts failed so miserably. Well, maybe with the GOP gone, a third party may actually have a chance. They never really did before. We've only had the choice between Liberal or NeoCon.

Posted by: free-donny | July 23, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The third-parties have failed because the entire voting system is designed so that only two parties will ever have a plausible chance. Look up plurality voting on Wikipedia.

Granted, if the Republican Party *truly* implodes, this may be one of those rare opportunities for another party to take its place in opposition to Democratic Party.

Posted by: mogkupo | July 23, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Freedonny is right on. We need 2 parties, absolute power corrupts. I hope the GOP purges the ideologues quickly and gets back to its roots of economic pragmatism as a balance to the Democrats.

Missisppi pop. 3M, State employees 3,500.
MD pop. 5M, state employees, 85,000.
Hmmm. Not that I wouldnt flee the US before moving to MS but huh, Lockheed goes to the moon with that size workforce, Maryland can barely cross the street.

Posted by: mikey999 | July 23, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately the MD Republican party seems to have its head in the sand. The Baltimore and Washington metro areas are extremely liberal areas. A huge part of the MD Republican party are moderates and yet the core of the insiders MD GOP are extreme conservatives who alienate a considerable portion of the party. They cater to the much more conservative small rural counties. Rather a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees.

The MD GOP needs to realize that they need to move towards a moderate conservative stance and they'll refresh the party with many who have been forced across the aisle by the hard-line conservatives. They may even attract some moderate liberals. But the hard-core conservative stances they've struck have alienated far too many.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | July 23, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

There are two key principles that all Republicans share: Personal and Fiscal Responsibility.

Dr. Pelura has failed at both. For the good of the party, he should step down.

Posted by: MadElephant | July 23, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Not a penny until that jackass is gone. We should not reward incompetence.

Posted by: LibertyHound1 | July 23, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

mikey999, while we agree on the need for opposing political veiwpoints for balance,I actually prefer Maryland BECAUSE we have so many state/county services available. Many of those state employees help keep our families safe, kids educated, crime at bay, and business people relatively honest. I cannot imagine raising a family anywhere else. We'll see how this plays out.

I don't like this one-party scenario, but the GOP will not get a penny of help from me.

TGIF

Posted by: free-donny | July 24, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

If the party was broke, now its REALLY broke after that mailing...

P.S. I don't know what all the commotion is about -- other than bobby ehrlich and steele, what other successful MD republicans of the past do you think EVER depended on the state party for anything?

I'd put my money on none.

Posted by: neoconscallmerino | July 24, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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