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Pelura Mum As State GOP Officers Plan Monday Meeting

The top officers of the Maryland Republican Party are planning to convene Monday afternoon, prompting speculation among some GOP insiders that an announcement could follow about embattled Chairman James Pelura's future.

Pelura, who did not return phone calls over the weekend, received no-confidence votes in July from 20 of the 30 members of the Maryland GOP's executive committee.

As recently as August, the Anne Arundel veterinarian publicly insisted he was staying put. Since then, however, GOP legislative leaders have continued to air questions about Pelura's stewardship of the party. And last week came more embarrassing news: Citing the party's ailing finances, the State Board of Elections allowed the GOP to repay a $75,000 debt it owes with an installment plan.

Chris Cavey, the party's first vice chairman, said in an interview that he has "no knowledge that the chairman might be resigning."

But other GOP insiders, who requested anonymity so they could speak more freely, noted the timing would make sense. Under party bylaws, Pelura's resignation would require a state GOP convention within 60 days to pick a new chairman. The party is already planning to convene in mid-November, meaning a special convention -- and its expense, which the cash-strapped party can hardly afford -- would not be needed.

By John Wagner  |  September 14, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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