Md. GOP shows a united front the morning after
Maryland 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.
| September 15, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
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