Mary Kane in running for Md. GOP chairmanship
A well-known Maryland Republican has emerged as a leading candidate to take over the reins of the state party: Mary Kane.
Kane, who was the running mate this year of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), confirmed in an interview Monday afternoon that she is interested in the party chairmanship, which will be filled next month.
"I believe in the Republican Party, and I don't think we should give up on this," said Kane, a former Maryland secretary of state whose husband, John Kane, was chairman of the Maryland Republican Party when Ehrlich was governor.
The Ehrlich-Kane ticket lost to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) by 14 percentage points on Nov. 2.
In what was a strong year for the party nationally, Republicans made only modest gains in the Maryland House of Delegates and lost two seats in the state Senate. As several commentators have noted recently, however, the GOP made gains at the county level in many Maryland jurisdictions.
Kane would succeed Audrey E. Scott, who took over as chair of the party in November 2009 from James Pelura. State Republicans convene Dec. 11 in Annapolis to pick their new leader.
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