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Md. GOP shows a united front the morning after

GOP unity.jpgMaryland Republicans wasted little time pulling together their winning and losing primary candidates Wednesday in an effort to present a united front as they try to make gains in the heavily Democratic state in November.

"It is time to break the one-party stranglehold on government and take back Annapolis and take back Washington," Audrey Scott, the GOP state party chairwoman, said at a morning rally outside the State House in Annapolis that drew a few dozen federal, state and local candidates.

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is in a competitive race to win his old job back from Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), congratulated the winners as well as the losers, whom he credited for being "class acts" for showing up.

Among those present who fell short Tuesday night was Brian Murphy, who won about a quarter of the primary vote against Ehrlich. Ehrlich and Murphy shook hands after the event broke up, and Ehrlich told reporters he considered Murphy "a good guy."

Ehrlich predicted that he would have little problem appealing to "the Palin wing" of the party, a reference to Murphy's surprise endorsement last month by the former Alaska governor.

Andrew P. Harris, the GOP nominee in the 1st Congressional District, was also given a speaking role. Harris, who faces Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) in November, is among the party's best prospects to gain a Democratic seat.

Eric Wargotz, who emerged from a crowded GOP Senate field, was also on hand but did not address the crowd. He faces long odds against Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) in the general election.

By John Wagner  | September 15, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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"'It is time to break the one-party stranglehold on government and take back Annapolis and take back Washington,' Audrey Scott, the GOP state party chairwoman, said ..."

How can Scott hope break the one-party stranglehold on government when her party failed to field candidates for even half of the offices in the county both Scot and national GOP chairman Steele came from?

Posted by: dcrussell | September 15, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Ehrlich will implore Michael Steele to again be his running-mate. Additionally, Ehrlich can boast of his close relationship with G.W. Bush or his signature "achievement", the $3,200,000,000 ICC Toll Road boondoggle. Thanks for the permanent budget deficit, Bobby!

Posted by: free-donny | September 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich still has the same smug, spoiled frat boy attitude he had four years ago. Meanwhile, the Md. GOP is smaller than it was then and the Tea Party in Md. is microscopic. Ehrlich should stick to his wingnut radio gig.

Posted by: VikingRider | September 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Same ole' MDGOP. Playing favorites. I was a bystander and had hoped I would here Wargotz and Campbell (Statewide candidates) address the crowd or at least hear the names mentioned of the nominees for office who were there BUT NOOOOO...... only Ehrlich, and Harris (not even a state wide candidate) spoke. I think the real story here is that the MDGOP only believes they have 2 credible candidates and thus 'dissed' all others. I have just about had it with my party. Then I went home to Bowie and cussed them.

Posted by: addictedtopolitics | September 15, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

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