The Maryland GOP's shallow bench
As we continue to navigate through the campaign waters this year, it's a safe assumption that Republicans will make gains nationwide this fall, even in a blue state like Maryland. State GOP chairman Audrey Scott has a lot on her plate, with the party so energized over a rematch between Bob Ehrlich and Gov. Martin O’Malley. (Apologies to primary challengers Brian Murphy (R) and George Owings (D) and their supporters; David may have felled Goliath, but that was biblical, not political.)
By now, Scott has to realize that there aren't too many viable candidates in the GOP camp in three places that are key to winning statewide: Baltimore City and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. In a bit of irony, Scott herself was the last Republican to run for Prince George’s County executive, eight years ago.
Scott and the Republicans need to start developing a farm system and have candidates, particular young candidates, run in local elections across the state, then raise them up. In addition, she needs to ask national GOP chairman and fellow Marylander Michael Steele for help. Steele should know the situation and be willing to do what is feasible to bring back a viable two-party system back to Maryland.
Two-party rule worked well during Ehrlich's term. Both the General Assembly and Government House were kept in check. Maryland needs a lot more of that.
| May 10, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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