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Palin endorses little-known Brian Murphy in Md. Republican primary

Palin mug.jpgBrian Murphy, a little-known Republican candidate for Maryland governor, has won the endorsement of one of the biggest names in national politics: Sarah Palin.

Murphy, 33, a business investor from Montgomery County who has offered himself as a more conservative alternative to former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), trumpeted the endorsement on his Web site Wednesday, saying he was "humbled and honored" to receive it.

In a statement on her Facebook page, the former Alaska governor called Murphy "a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment commonsense conservative and a firm believer in the free market and the cause for energy independence."

"Brian has the private sector experience that is so lacking in government today," Palin wrote. "He knows how to incentivize industry to get our economy moving again."

While Palin's endorsement is certain to create much-needed buzz about Murphy in advance of the September primary, it is not one that would likely help Ehrlich much in a November general election against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

To win, Ehrlich must pull in a significant number of Democratic votes in a state where registered Republicans are outnumbered more than 2 to 1. Palin, who has aligned herself with the Tea-Party movement, is likely to alienate some of those needed Democrats.

In a statement, Ehrlich press secretary Andy Barth said Ehrlich did not seek the endorsement of John McCain's 2008 running mate, calling Palin's decision "a reaffirmation of Bob Ehrlich's longtime independent streak."

"Governor Palin has made lots of endorsements around the country -- some have worked, some have not," Barth said. "The challenges facing Maryland are not necessarily the challenges facing Alaska. We have a stagnant economy and a government stuck in a devastating tax-and-spend cycle."

Nationally, Palin has thrown her support behind more than two dozen candidates, a mixture of Tea Party favorites and more established Republican types, with mixed results.

By John Wagner  |  August 4, 2010; 1:13 PM ET
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I guess Brian Murphy is not as little-known as you folks might think.

I don't think Palin would have endorsed Ehrlich even had he asked, and Barth did his best to spin this into a positive.

Posted by: Michael_Swartz | August 4, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Enough. Who cares about Palin. A statement, not a question.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 4, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

erhlich probably promised to buy 1,000 copies of Palins book if she endorsed the other guy.
Palin is toxic in Maryland.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 4, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

omg! an endorsement from palin! this dude is a shoe-in! NOT!!!! rotflmmfao

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | August 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

"omg! an endorsement from palin! this dude is a shoe-in! NOT!!!! rotflmmfao

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1"


Exactly! And who gives a rat's a@@ about what Sarah "The Quitter" Palin thinks? She's a minor celebrity, not a politician.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"one of the biggest names in national politics: Sarah Palin."

WHAT?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's a celebrity, not a national politician!!!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

now ehrlichs strategy of going after democratic votes could backfire on him.
Murphy could become our own Sharon "nutjob" Angle.

While readers of the Post and residents of the DC metro area can be quick to laugh this off, in the far flung corners of Maryland where republicans are the majority this could have a major impact on the republican primary election.

Go you crazy teabagger Murphy, go!

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Brian Murphy!

Sarah Palin's endorsement has brought even more gravitas to your campaign and helps give Maryland voters a new and refreshing choice this fall.

This endorsement has just upset the Washington establishment's apple cart.

Now your campaign will do even more now than just make them (the establishment) "get their panties in a wad".

Posted by: JoseyWales1 | August 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. This woman is a fake. No more Palin please.

Posted by: Tobor58 | August 4, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"a reaffirmation of Bob Ehrlich's longtime independent streak."

Yeah right. former Congressman Gilcrest had an independent streak and partisan hack Ehrlich used his political capital to defeat him in the primary.

Boobie Ehrlich is toast. Real conservatives will sit on their hands this November. Democrats don't want this partisan hackjob.

Posted by: geevill | August 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I would have the octopus who embraced the soccer world cup winner pick the political winners. This job is not for a Grizzly Mama, or a Pink Elephant.

Posted by: kishorgala | August 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Anybody stupid enough to have campaign workers causing a major traffic back-up during rush hour (waving signs on the Falls Road overpass on 270), is too stupid to be taken seriously. Not only will Murphy NOT get my vote, but I'll be sure to remind everyone about his total disregard for the citizens he wants to work for, if he is on the ballot in the fall.

Posted by: mommaruthie | August 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

A few idiots placed a Murphy for Gov sign on top of the Route 189 - Falls Road overpass on South I-270 this AM rush, backing up traffic.

That's one way to GUARANTEE no votes in MoCo - delay everyone's long commute.


Posted by: bandfriend | August 4, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Even Sarah Palin wont back Bob Ehrlich and his big spending...that's when you know it's bad.

Posted by: amallinoff | August 4, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Brian Murphy is no dummy, the guy is brighter than most people who read this paper. Check out his academic record. Besides the limo liberals in MoCo vote Dem everytime anyway, who cares about their traffic jams.

Posted by: jrivs | August 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

A minor detail, Palin said he has the business background to help lead...something something; This guy was laid off in 2008, started an "investment firm" that invested in a bakery. That prob aint gonna help him balance the budget.

Posted by: arusty922 | August 4, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's certainly the kiss of death for....what's his name?? Oh, yeah, Ehrlich. If we are lucky, the repugnantcans will be divided enough to vote this Murphy character into the nomination, which will make it that much easier for O'Malley to win a second term...not that there wasn't any doubt!!!

Posted by: glasgowafb | August 4, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's certainly the kiss of death for....what's his name?? Oh, yeah, Ehrlich. If we are lucky, the repugnantcans will be divided enough to vote this Murphy character into the nomination, which will make it that much easier for O'Malley to win a second term...not that there wasn't any doubt!!!

Posted by: glasgowafb | August 4, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"little-known" guess not now. As usual the Compost shows its true colors.

Posted by: beesknees | August 4, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Would it be too hard to report the news objectively? We all know you still have 13 reporters investigating Sarah Palin. Can you maybe get 1 of them to investigate this judge who let the illegal alien out and killed the nun? Hey I bet the judge is a white male. Maybe you can find a college friend of his who heard someone else say he doesn't like mexicans. Gee do I have to do all of the legwork for the Compost?

Posted by: beesknees | August 4, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

maryland should pass a law against financing campaigns with money from outside the state. maryland should make it clear that ONLY the citizens of MARYLAND should be funding candidates for elected office. after all, these candidates, if elected, are in office to ONLY represent the citizens of maryland... not any particular political party and definitely NOT for any other constituency.

Posted by: FranknErnest | August 4, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

OK folks, this is Maryland. No one here cares what Sarah Palin thinks. Most of us doubt she thinks much at all.

Posted by: free-donny | August 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin's endorsement is meaningless here in Maryland. And people here are usually turned off by her stupidity. Ehrlich should be glad to distance himself from Palin and the whole Tea Party idiocy.

Posted by: lacerf | August 4, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious about the direction this article takes. First, about myself: I'm not a Marylander, not a Republican, certainly not a Tea Partier, and not familiar with this race. But I'm surprised at how dismissive this article is of its subject. The first four paragraphs report the endorsement and pertain to the putative subject of this article.

Then the rest of the article goes on assuming that Murphy, with or without Palin's endorsement, is irrelevant. The rest of the discussion is about the OTHER candidate in the Republican primary and how he might fare in the general election. The article writes off its subject, Murphy, giving only one hint as to why it can write Murphy off, that he's "little-known." Is this fair reporting? If Murphy is worth writing off, can't we be told why in more than one word? How might Murphy fare in the general election?

Posted by: craig23 | August 5, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Everyone that Palin endorses loses. A Palin endorsement is the kiss of death.

Posted by: MarkT3 | August 5, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

That should be "the kiss of death" for Murphy

Posted by: harrija1 | August 5, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Be careful. I can remember a little-known Republican who was elected in the late 60s as governor of Maryland. His name was Spiro T. He was of course running against an out-an-out racist whose slogan was: "Your home is your castle. Protect it."

That's the trouble sometimes between the "lesser of two evils" in a two-party system: it can become a choice between the devil and Beelzebub.


Posted by: chrisbrown12 | August 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I love when people attack candidates that they know nothing about. Murphy has thrived in the private sector(and could have stayed on at Constellation if he wanted to), has a degree in economics, and a Wharton business degree. Our state is a business, a poorly run business. I will choose the business man over the lawyer turned politician anyday.

Posted by: jrivs | August 5, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

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