New York, New York and Crofton, Maryland, June 30, 2010 – Frank MacKay, Chairman of the Independence Party of America (IPA), today announced his endorsement of Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland. The IPA is America’s voice of independence, with more than 412,000 members in the New York affiliate alone. The IPA focuses primarily on fiscal responsibility, and does not take a stand on social issues.
“The American people are tired of incumbents. They want new voices. We have been watching the events in Maryland with great interest. Murphy is an independent voice, and I believe he has the vision, leadership and experience to take Maryland forward,” said MacKay.
Because of Maryland’s large percentage of independent voters, the IPA has been looking for an entryway into Maryland. While the IPA traditionally backs Independent candidates, it is backing Murphy for Governor because his fiscally conservative principles are those valued by the IPA.
“Murphy is the best candidate to win in November and to fix Maryland. He has a proven track record: as an economist, he helped build and lead Maryland’s premium multi-billion dollar company. In doing so, he built a reputation as one of the nation’s premiere risk managers. There is no one with a better understanding of how to fix Maryland’s economic woes, create jobs and balance the State’s budget than Murphy. This is why I will put all my weight and support behind him,” said MacKay.
In response to MacKay’s endorsement, Murphy provided the following statement:
“I am honored by Chairman MacKay’s support, and I wholeheartedly accept his endorsement. This alliance is evidence that when Republicans hold firm to the principles of fiscal responsibility, we enlarge our voter base and attract Independents. Expanding our base is how I intend to win the Primary, and how I intend to win the General Election as well.”
Brian Murphy and Robert Ehrlich are running in the Republican Primary on September 14. Governor Martin O’Malley is running in the Democratic Party Primary on September 14. The winners of the respective parties’ elections will square off against each other in the November 2 General Election.
Brian Murphy is a successful Maryland businessman with a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is founder of the Plimhimmon Group, whose first investment, the Smith Island Baking Company, has been featured in The Washington Post, the Wharton Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Businessweek and other publications for its principled approach to job creation in Maryland.