Crofton, Maryland – Today, the Murphy for Maryland campaign announced that Mr. Mike Ryman has been selected to be Brian Murphy’s candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. In making this announcement, Brian Murphy provided the following statement:
Good morning. Thank you for joining us today. I trust you all had a nice July 4th weekend. This past weekend, Joy, the kids, and I traveled the state to celebrate the holiday with fellow Marylanders. It was a time to show our support for our shared heritage, to say thank you to the men and women whose service has secured our freedom, and to voice our shared optimism for what lies ahead. Under the right leadership, great things are in store for Maryland. And our best days lie ahead.
When we began this campaign last winter, our goal was simple. This campaign is about providing a clear alternative to the reckless policies of the last eight years: the same policies which are responsible for our current economic woes. Maryland’s problems are apparent and they are obvious – and so are Maryland’s solutions.
Yet neither of my competitors has taken responsibility for their mistakes, and neither is willing to offer practical solutions to put us on the road to recovery. Maryland small businesses and entrepreneurs are ready to grow our economy. And they deserve a Governor who will stare down these reckless policies, and balance our budget without raising taxes. I intend to be that Governor.
Under the last eight years, we have seen record spending, followed by record taxes. And today, we have record unemployment and record deficits. Maryland needs real solutions. Our tax burden is already among the highest in the nation, and is certainly the highest in our region. This makes it almost impossible for Maryland businesses to compete, even though our workforce is the most talented in the country. Maryland families and businesses deserve better.
I am the only candidate who has built businesses, and I am the only candidate who has actually created jobs. I understand the importance of the private sector, and I look forward to working with Maryland companies to grow our job base.
The contrast between my opponents and me is significant. I am the only candidate who has signed a pledge not to raise taxes. Maryland’s budget, per capita, is among the highest in the nation. Money is not the problem, so an increase in taxes is not the solution. Maryland’s government must take a lesson from Maryland families and small businesses. Our government must learn to live within its means. And under a Murphy administration, we will. You have my word.
My experience building Maryland’s private sector is significant, and my training in Economics and Finance combine to give me the unique perspective to address Maryland’s budget.
As Governor, I will select men and women of character and distinction to serve in my administration. They will share my principles, my values, and my passion for serving this great state. And today, I am announcing my first hire: for Lt. Governor, my pick is Mike Ryman.
Growing Maryland’s economy is my number one priority. To do that, it’s imperative that we work together to balance our budget, without raising taxes. Throughout Mike’s career, he has served our country with honor and distinction. A common thread throughout Mike’s career is his passion for our country. Mike has always viewed being a public servant as an honor, and he holds himself and those around him to the highest standards. Mike spent the majority of his career rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in both the public and private sectors. So it’s only fitting that Mike joins this ticket with the goal of doing the same thing for Maryland’s budget.
Mike and I are the right team to look our State’s problems in the eye. Mike and I present the right combination of private sector experience, academic training, and proven leadership. We are a clear alternative to the broken policies of the last eight years. Maryland Republicans don’t have to settle, and Maryland voters don’t have to settle.
Over the past several months, we have built our case with Maryland voters and our support is growing every day. In the months ahead, with Mike on the ticket, we will continue to build our case that we are the right team to take Maryland in a new direction.
And now it is my great honor to introduce you to my friend, your next Lieutenant Governor, Mike Ryman.
For more information on the Brian Murphy for Governor campaign or view Mike Ryman’s biography, see http://www.BrianMurphy2010.com.
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