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McDonough Latest to Look at Md. Governor's Race

Add Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) to the list of Republicans looking at the 2010 governor's race with seemingly long odds.

"I'm testing the water, so to speak," McDonough said in an interview, explaining that he will spend coming weeks traveling the state "gauging the kind of support that may be out there."

McDonough, best known in Annapolis for his hard line against illegal immigration, said he will not run if former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) seeks a rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) next year. Besides immigration, McDonough said the fiscal stewardship of the state and education reform would be themes of his campaign.

McDonough had previously said he is considering a bid for Baltimore County executive.

"I keep getting the same answer: Don't run for county executive," McDonough said. "Run for governor. ... We need a feisty, outspoken candidate."

By John Wagner  |  August 12, 2009; 8:23 PM ET
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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"I'm testing the water, so to speak,"

Dear Lord, let's hope he drowns. I'll vote for O'Malley before I vote fot that goof.

Posted by: fonkyou | August 13, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

This is NOT a slam against McDonough, but my best advice to the MD GOP. SAVE your time and money! Don't prop up anyone for Governor...skip a cycle. Rebuild your party...and your finances (if you have any left). Save up and do your homework to comeback in decent fashion.

You will gain no respect or traction by wasting everyone's money and time - running just anyone so sure to lose. We know you hate Governor O'Malley, but why splash and flounder just to lose to the guy again...and keep your party in bankruptcy doing so.

I am NOT in favor of a one-party system...but if you continue with the mis-steps and mis-management...that is what we will have...and it will be your own fault. Just a little honest advice from "across the aisle". Your call, MD GOP.

Posted by: free-donny | August 13, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Robin Ficker. Somebody should run for Governor on the platform of cutting the state sales tax by 2 cents or more. That would get our economy going again, would give everyone a tax break and would provide a nice contrast to O'Malley's tax increases.

Posted by: dailykos1 | August 13, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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