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Amedori drops off GOP ticket for Md. governor

John Wagner

Less than two weeks after teaming up with Brian Murphy, a long-shot Republican candidate for Maryland governor, Carmen M. Amedori has dropped off the ticket.

Amedori, a former state legislator from Carroll County, said she quickly concluded that Murphy, a Montgomery County businessman, lacks the name recognition to compete against former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

"It just seems the media is so gung-ho on this Bob-Martin slugfest that we weren't getting any credence," Amedori said in an interview.

Murphy said he was taken aback by Amedori's decision but that it "changes nothing" and that he would name a replacement candidate for lieutenant governor from an already-assembled short list.

"This just shows how broken the Republican party in Maryland is," Murphy said. "I put her on the ticket. She gave me her word. I trusted her. ... Just last night, she called me and started going through Ehrlich talking points."

Amedori, whom Ehrlich appointed to the state parole commission in 2004, said she believes Murphy should drop out of the race, allowing the party to unite behind Ehrlich. She said Murphy "has great potential" as a candidate but "has no political experience."

Amedori's decision comes as Maryland Republicans prepare to convene in Ocean City this weekend for a statewide party convention. Both Ehrlich and Murphy are planning to attend and make appeals to party activists for support. Ehrlich has a speaking slot Saturday.

By John Wagner  |  April 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Sad, indeed.

Posted by: DANIELVOVAK | April 30, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Bobby haircut probably set ol kendel the goon on amedori...don't be surprised if there isn't some quid pro quo action going on here...

Posted by: unrest | April 30, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Do not vote for any current or former politician. They are also responsible for getting us into this mess.

Posted by: b1978367 | April 30, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

There was TOO MUCH corruption and loss of jobs and scandals (even with Kendall) for Ehrlich. He was a failed governor unwilling to work with the Democratic General Assembly. No more experimenting with the GOP as governor.

Posted by: gr8bigguy | April 30, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ehrlich smells like cabbage.

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 30, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about this, the more I think the ideal ticket is Murphy Murphy. That's Brian Murphy and Don Murphy. To oppose, instead of Ehrlich Kane (that Mary Kane), if it's legal Ehrlich can always run an Erlich Ehrlich ticket, with his wife. What Republican wouldn't want to either vote for Murphy Murphy or Ehrlich Ehrlich?!?

Posted by: DANIELVOVAK | April 30, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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