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Audrey Scott Vying for Md. GOP Chair

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Audrey E. Scott, a member of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Cabinet, has emerged as a leading candidate for chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party.

"I love a challenge, and I always rise to the occasion," said Scott, who served as planning secretary under Ehrlich (R) and is a former Republican member of the Prince George's County Council.

Whoever takes over the reigns of the state GOP next month will have a challenge on his or her hands heading into an election year. James Pelura, an Anne Arundel County veterinarian, is stepping down as chairman after a tenure marked by lackluster fundraising, a slip in voter registration and infighting among party leaders.

"As with any family, there have been some factions that have played out in the newspapers," Scott said. "That's unfortunate, but it's not insurmountable."

Others who have been eying the chairmanship include Chris Cavey of Baltimore County, currently the first vice chairman of the state GOP.

Party activists will choose their new leader at a mid-November convention.

By John Wagner  |  October 8, 2009; 1:22 PM ET
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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