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Posted at 3:49 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Two more confirm interest in Md. GOP chairmanship

By John Wagner
Republican Party

Two more potential candidates for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party confirmed their interest in interviews with The Post on Friday: Andrew Langer and William Campbell.

Langer, president of the Washington-based Institute for Liberty and a long-time activist in Maryland politics, said he believes the party must make a long-term commitment to expanding its numbers, including through extended outreach to minority groups.

"We need to take a cue from the Tea Party movement and build from the bottom up," said Langer, who has been active in the Tea Party movement.

He said he plans to confer with his wife about the chairmanship this weekend before making a final decision about whether to pursue it.

Campbell, the party's unsuccessful nominee for comptroller this year, said he became interested in the post after several people urged him to consider it.

Campbell, a former chief financial officer for Amtrak, said he would put a priority on raising money and said one benefit of his candidacy is that he is not too closely aligned with any one wing of the Republican party.

"I think I could be a boundary-spanner," said Campbell, who lost his race to Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), 61 percent to 39 percent.

Members of the party's central committee will make the selection Dec. 11. Here's a recap of other candidates who have expressed interest in the chairmanship:

* Mary Kane: Running mate this year with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R); former Maryland secretary of state; wife of John Kane, former Maryland GOP party chairman.

* Eric Wargotz: Unsuccessful GOP nominee this year for U.S. Senate; member of the Queen Anne's County Board of Commissioners.

* Alex X. Mooney: Three-term state senator from Frederick; lost his reelection this year.

* Carmen M. Amedori: Briefly served as running mate for GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy; former state delegate from Carroll County; former member of the State Parole Commission.

* Mike Esteve: Chairman of the Maryland College Republicans.

* Sam Hale: Founder of the conservative group the Maryland Society of Patriots.

By John Wagner  | November 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
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