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Posted at 3:03 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Steele, Ehrlich pay tribute to departing Md. GOP chair

By John Wagner

Audrey Scott in red.jpgAbout 450 Marylanders -- including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) -- turned out Thursday night to pay tribute to departing state party chairwoman Audrey E. Scott, according to event organizers.

The "tribute roast," held at a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, raised about $30,000 for the state party, organizers said. Speakers, who also included congressman-elect Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.), honored Scott for her 40 years in Maryland politics, including this past one, during which she led the Maryland GOP.

Ehrlich, who has made few public appearances since his Nov. 2 defeat, spoke at a reception before the night's dinner, according to people who attended the event, which was closed to the press. The former governor thanked Scott for turning the state party around financially and winning many down-ballot races this year, attendees said.

Other speakers included friends, family and co-workers from Scott's 40 years in politics, which included stints as mayor of Bowie, a member of the Prince George's County Council and planning secretary during Ehrlich's administration.

The state party is scheduled to select a new chairman Dec. 11 at a convention in Annapolis.

By John Wagner  | December 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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The event was closed to the press?? It's so sad that the MDGOP says they want the press to cover them more (on the one hand) but on the other hand they limit their access to major events. Nice job, John Wagner, in pointing out this fact!

Posted by: DANIELVOVAK | December 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about the Republican Party in Maryland but you can't lay the State deficit on them or the rampant corruption and the indictments in Prince Georges County. It's all about the Democratic control of the state..

Posted by: cheverly1 | December 10, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

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