Amedori drops off GOP ticket for Md. governor
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.
April 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner
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