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Political newcomer says he's in GOP primary for Md. governor to stay

John Wagner

BrianMurphy.jpgIf, as expected, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announces in coming days that he is running again, he apparently won't have the Republican field to himself.

Political newcomer Brian Murphy -- or more accurately, Murphy's campaign manager -- called Monday to let us know that he is out there as well and won't be deterred by Ehrlich's entrance into the race.

"I think I'm the best person to work with the private sector and change the anti-business climate in Maryland," said Murphy, 32, a former commodities trader with Constellation Energy who now owns an investment group. "Spending is out of control, and there's a credibility gap in Washington and Annapolis."

Monday was the first time Murphy had alerted The Post to his candidacy. He said he has spent weeks reaching out to the grass roots in the state party.

"I'm out there. I'm credible," Murphy said.

Murphy has yet to file. His campaign manager, Meghan Mueller, said Murphy plans to do so in coming weeks, once he has a lieutenant governor candidate nailed down.

Murphy said that aside from his own money, he expects to raise about $250,000 in coming weeks for his bid. Ehrlich, as a point of reference, has said he expects to raise about $10 million.

Murphy, a Chevy Chase resident, said his fledgling political career was inspired by the political legacy of conservative Republican Jack Kemp. He noted that if elected, he would be 33 years old when he is sworn in -- a year older than Democrat Bill Clinton was when he became governor of Arkansas.

By John Wagner  |  March 29, 2010; 5:21 PM ET
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We need somebody running on the platform of cutting the state sales tax. Masschusetts is going to have a ballot question of cutting the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%. When it passes, any job which might come to Maryland will go there.

Posted by: robinficker | March 29, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

where could i buy a brian murphy bumper sticker or pin?

Posted by: onez00 | March 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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