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Cavey out of running for Md. GOP chairman

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Chris Cavey, one of two leading contenders for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, abruptly announced Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the race, citing a need for party unity heading into a challenging election year.

The exit of Cavey, the party's current vice chairman, appeared to clear the way for Audrey E. Scott, a member of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Cabinet and a former member of the Prince George's County Council.

Scott, who said this month she embraces challenges, would succeed James Pelura, who is formally stepping down next month after an embattled tenure marked by lackluster fundraising, a slip in voter registration and infighting among party leaders.

"Effective today I am withdrawing from the MDGOP Chairman's race," Cavey wrote in an email to party members. "Party unity and winning elections in 2010 is important. I will pledge to each of you to dedicate my time and effort by helping the next MDGOP Chair re-build and re-unify our party for 2010 wins. ... The current race for Chairman is very close and I fear the effects of a close race will only further serve to divide us as a party."

Cavey's decision came just days after a third contender, Annapolis marketing executive John White, put out word that he would not seek the chairmanship when the party holds its convention next month -- and instead back Scott. White, a former GOP congressional candidate, was viewed by some as the party's best potential fundraiser.

Still in the running is a fourth candidate, Daniel "The Whig Man" Vovak, who often sports a white wig in public appearances. Vovak issued a press release earlier Tuesday questioning the neutrality of the chairman of the party's nominating committee.

Cavey's email is printed below in its entirety:

Hello to the MDGOP faithful!

Over the past month I have traveled across Maryland speaking to Central Committees and Republican activists about the potential our party has in 2010. Most folks agree we have an opportunity to make gains electing Republicans and would be negligent to miss our chance by not being unified as a Party.

Last evening I listened as a group of Committee members worked through the trials and tribulations of a new voting method to be considered for the upcoming convention. It was a wonderful example of what party members should be doing, problem solving, and that made me think about the Chairman's race.

Roughly fifty-three weeks from today is the 2010 General Election, we need to be unified, in full blown campaign mode and not bickering about the past. The current race for Chairman is very close and I fear the effects of a close race will only further serve to divide us as a party.

Effective today I am withdrawing from the MDGOP Chairman's race. Party unity and winning elections in 2010 is important. I will pledge to each of you to dedicate my time and effort by helping the next MDGOP Chair re-build and re-unify our party for 2010 wins.

Thanks to each of you who have worked for my campaign and had faith in my leadership abilities. Please realize that this was not an easy decision for me to make. Long-term, however, we will be ahead of the game for our party's future and we will create more victories by working together... starting from today.

Chris Cavey

By John Wagner  |  October 27, 2009; 9:23 PM ET
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Comments

The GOP is on the eve of perhaps one of the greatest political comebacks since Nixon 68... But instead of raising money, registering Republicans, recruiting candidates, and winning races in Frederick and Annapolis in the next two weeks, they are wasting their time running an election among party insiders to fill the role of Chair, with someone other than the 1st Vice Chair... Which begs the question: Why have one? Or Lt. Guv or Vice President for that matter? Kudos to Chris Cavey for helping to put an end to this foolishness.

Posted by: DonMurphy | October 28, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

You need a chairman to dictate and run those efforts as far as raising money, registering votership and recruiting candidates. Since Pelura resigned, you need to elect someone to carry out these deeds. They could have bypassed the election and gone de facto, but with the state of the party being fractionalized and in financial straits, I think it is great to hold an election. We need to make sure that we have the best person available to lead the party forward on this momentous shift.

Posted by: netbeagle | October 28, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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