Radical Liberal, Ashley Judd, To Run For Senate?

With the rise of celebrity-politicians like Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Benjamin Géza Affleck, who may run for Senate from Massachusetts, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is taking seriously rumors that actress Ashley Judd may run against him. He’s doing internal polls to see where she runs – and she’s running just four points behind McConnell.

But McConnell is prepared for Judd. He has already put together an opposition file on her, compiling her more radical positions and statements. And once Kentucky voters hear her views, McConnell’s polls show, his lead jumps to 20 points. McConnell’s longtime pollster, Jan R. van Lohuizen, told Politico, ““Considering the fact that Judd begins with such strong name ID, the informed voter swing is devastating for her, and the 16-point swing is one of the biggest I have seen in my career. Given the ability to move the ballot so substantially by pointing out only a few of her positions, her candidacy does not appear viable.”

Ashley Judd has already hired a spokesperson to fight back. Cara Tripicchio said, “Ashley has yet to decide about running for the United States Senate. She is honored by the incredible encouragement from her fellow Kentuckians and the national interest, including Senator McConnell.” Judd has already talked about running for the Senate with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). She has not yet spoken with Senate Democratic leadership.

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Freedom Before All Else….

Many conservative groups have sprouted up over the past year. The Tea Party Patriots, the whole Tea Party movement, the 9-12 project and Americans For Prosperity are just a few. These groups have great heart and a good purpose. In all honesty, these groups have become an easy target for those against freedom to label certain groups and ideas. They, in and among themselves, have been a way for our enemies to destroy us. However, many are also becoming splintered because of certain ideas and groups within the larger movement. Some individuals in these groups are promoting single issues before what is most important. In all truth, there are two things most important that we, as Americans, must stand behind and fight for, as one group, one citizenry and one people. Those two things are simply, the Constitution of the United States of America and Freedom!

If we do not stand for these two ideas and the way of life they represent, what else actually matters? Without Freedom, we lose who we are as individuals, we lose our souls. Right now, we can see ourselves losing more and more Freedom each and every day. Our government says we need more security, more legislation, more rules, that all risks must be taken away. They seem to be trying to create sameness, misery if you will. Please, do not underestimate this regime. They know exactly what they are doing, and many of Americans continue to let them move us into a totalitarian country.

There is a great line from Mel Gibson in “Braveheart” where he says, on the battlefield, “They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!” What will our lives to be without Freedom? What will our lives be worth, especially considering that a government official will be making healthcare decisions for us where all individualism loses worth and governmental money prevails?

Americans throughout the past have always done what is right. We have stood for individualism, Freedom and the rights given to man by our creator. However, most of the world has fought against these things, starting many years before this great country was born. Those who have fought against these ideas have always failed. Unfortunately, totalitarian regimes have always lost, only because of violent uprisings from the people. This is where the people of America have a great opportunity before us. We can halt this attempt to socialize America through non-violence-only because of the people, only because of each and every one of you.

The ideals and beliefs of the people of this country is what has made America what is has always been, the shining city on the hill. Once again we find ourselves at a crossroad, although, maybe one of much more importance than ever before. We have the people, the ideas, the heart to do what is necessary to return this country back to the people. I ask this though: do the people of this country have the will to put government back into their place? As a necessary evil only and not a regime that tries to control the decisions and lives of the people it is supposed to protect.

Freedom and individuality along with personal responsibility has for too long, been eroded away and put into hindsight. Now we must put them into the forefront as we march behind them down the road of revitalizing America. Do we need a revolution, or just a revitalization? We have everything we need to bring this country back to prosperity. Those things are in our Constitution and in our hearts and minds. Now is the time for people to get motivated; not under many ideas, but just one. That one idea is Freedom. With it, we can do wonders and live extraordinary lives; without it, everything is futile.

We have a long road ahead of us in this country. The choice is ours, the time is now.

We do, in fact, live in a strange time here in America. We know man can be inherently evil, however, our politicians are even more so. Our own government calls the ones defending and staning for the Constitution of the United States extremists, while allowing Islam to march all over our free speech and threaten American citizens with death. If we are the extremists, what are those who are in the process of destroying our Constitution, our freedom, and our way of life?

I have many more questions than answers at this point. I do, however, understand these evil men who lead our government must be stopped before they bring death and destruction to the United States just as Socialism has done throughout the history of the world.


Candidate Murphy Renews Pledge to Enforce Maryland Immigration Laws, Including Program 287(g); Gains the Support of Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins

Crofton, Maryland, July 14, 2010 – Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, continues to stand firm in his commitment to protect Maryland citizens and enforce Maryland Laws. Murphy is the only candidate to have formalized his commitment to Arizona’s Immigration Bill (SB 1070). And today, Murphy announced his support for statewide participation in Program 287(g). With this announcement, Murphy gained the support of Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the only law enforcement official in Maryland to participate in 287(g).

Shown in a just released video, the two leaders discuss their shared vision and plans to partner together to curtail illegal immigration in Maryland. This endeavor would include applying a statewide enforcement of a program modeled after Sheriff Chuck Jenkins’ successful participation in Program 287(g), in which criminals detained by law enforcement officials in Frederick, who are later found to be in the United States illegally, are turned over to ICE authorities.

“[Through our participation in 287(g)] we have taken 650 criminals off the street of Frederick County. They have committed crimes, and they are in this country illegally,” said Jenkins. “Brian has my full support. We need a Governor of Maryland that is going to enforce the law.”

“Maryland citizens deserve a Governor who will enforce our laws. Program 287(g) is important to the safety of every Marylander, and I intend to promote the program as Governor. Illegal immigration is a huge problem in the United States, and it is a huge problem in Maryland. As Governor, I will be Maryland’s Chief Executive Officer, and Maryland’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer. And I will never shy away from either role,” said Murphy.

“Sheriff Jenkins is a leader in enforcing our immigration laws and he has my full support. He is doing a great service to ensure the safety of the citizens in Frederick, and in Maryland. His participation in program 287(g) must be emulated by other law enforcement officials. I look forward to working with Sheriff Jenkins on this critical issue,” said Murphy.

“I have complete faith in the men and women who serve our state in various public safety capacities. As I have said before, immigration is a public safety issue, it is a national security issue, and it is a law enforcement issue. It is not a race issue, and I will not allow it to become a race issue. I have confidence in our public safety officials to enforce our laws without prejudice,” continued Murphy.

Last week, Murphy signaled that law enforcement and accountability would be top priorities of his administration when he announced Mike Ryman as his running mate. Ryman, a former Marine Officer, FBI Agent, and Congressional Investigator, spent the majority of his career rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the public and private sector. Ryman currently is a college forensics professor.

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.


For more information on the Brian Murphy for Governor campaign, see http://www.BrianMurphy2010.com.

To set up a press or media interview with Murphy, please contact Karla Graham at Karla@BrianMurphy2010.com or (410) 924-4577.

Chris Lewis, Once Again, trying to Defy the Odds and Represent the People

In 1998, Chris Lewis ran for Wicomico County Council (District 1) after graduating from Salisbury University. instead of choosing a party, he stayed true to his roots and ran as unaffiliated. In order to do so, he had to collect signatures to even be able to get on the ballot. Defying the odds, he was able to collect more than enough signatures and got his name on the ballot. he ran against Ed Taylor that year. Unfortunately, he lost. However, valuable lessons were learned.

In 2009, Chris helped to organize the first Tea Party here in Salisbury, Maryland. That first Tea party was the first taste of politics for many here on the Eastern Shore. The power of the Tea Party was that it was made up of regular Americans who helped build this society and who help bring prosperity to Maryland and the country. Grassroots is just not a term pundits use, and yet, it is much more than just a movement. A Grassroots campaign is how he plans on winning, while keeping costs down. Chris Lewis believes in the revitalization of America, and where better to start than on the Wicomico County Council here on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Once again, Chris Lewis, is running for Wicomico County Council. This time he is running At Large as a Conservative Republican. The main reason he is not running as unaffiliated is time restraints. However, he remains a staunch conservative who believes in representation, not the establishment. He believes in principle over party.

How many people can say their lives are better now than they were 4 years ago? How much of that has to do with the federal government and how much has to do with local government? Will voting the same people in change things for the better? Have things like the local economy, government spending, and crime gotten worse while these elected officials have been in office?

It is time for government to once again represent the people, not pander to them for the sole purpose of getting votes.

By Authority of Ralph Cordrey, treasurer

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Murphy To Announce Former Federal and Congressional Government Inspector As Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Crofton, Maryland – Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, will announce his candidate for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, July 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at Murphy for Maryland Headquarters, 2145 Priest Bridge Drive, Unit #17, Crofton, MD 21114.

Brian Murphy, a Maryland businessman, has selected a running mate whose experiences and expertise perfectly complement his own. Murphy’s running mate has served the United States with distinction, including duty in the United States Marine Corps, the FBI, the office of Federal Inspector General, and as a Congressional Investigator. Mr. Murphy’s running mate currently serves as a college forensics professor.

This event is open to press and public. Doors will open at 10:00 a.m.

Supreme Court Confirms States Must Consider 2nd Amendment When Crafting Legislation

Crofton, Maryland – Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, today announced his support of the 2nd Amendment and of the Supreme Court’s ruling in McDonald vs. Chicago. In today’s historic ruling, the Supreme Court confirmed state and local laws may not supercede the Bill of Rights.

“Today, the Supreme Court confirmed the Second Amendment is non-negotiable. Chicago’s handgun laws, like Maryland’s laws, create an undue burden on law-abiding Marylanders. Unlike the last eight years under O’Malley and Ehrlich, the Murphy Administration will be proactive in promoting personal liberty and Second Amendment Rights, working with Second Amendment advocates to ensure Maryland laws favor law-abiding citizens over criminals,” said Murphy.

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 2nd General Election.

Brian Murphy will be addressing the South County Republican Club of Anne Arundel tonight at 6:30pm at Pirate’s Cove located at 4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville, MD 20765-3105.

Brian Murphy is a successful Maryland businessman with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. 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.

For more information on the Brian Murphy for Governor campaign, see www.BrianMurphy2010.com. To set up a press or media interview, contact Karla Graham at Karla@BrianMurphy2010.com or (410) 924-4577.

Dark horse Brian Murphy means business in Md. gubernatorial race

Baltimore Business Journal – by Scott Dance

Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich each say they know how to help small-business owners. But there is another gubernatorial candidate who says he knows better — because he is one.

Brian Murphy is facing off against Ehrlich in the Republican primary. A Chevy Chase resident, he worked for a decade in Baltimore at Constellation Energy Group Inc. And today, he’s behind a small-business investment group whose first startup to date is the Smith Island Baking Co., a maker of Maryland’s official state dessert.

Murphy is looking to separate himself from both Ehrlich and O’Malley with a platform that includes no tax increases, a phase-out of the corporate income tax altogether, and support for Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration legislation.

And his campaign could benefit from several political trends — the wave of anti-incumbent sentiment, the ultra-conservatism of the tea party movement, and the rise of successful businesspeople-turned-candidates like Californians Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman.

While Ehrlich and O’Malley’s campaigns don’t see the upstart Murphy as a dark horse, his presence in the race could still help stir and refine a developing discussion over how government can help small businesses thrive.

“It’s credibility,” Murphy said of the benefit of his business background. “Even a Republican who’s not a businessperson doesn’t have the same credibility. When I go to a businessperson, I have more credibility than a politician.”

Murphy is indeed new to politics — this is his first campaign. But he has been a lifelong Maryland resident, attended the University of Maryland, College Park and worked for both one of the largest and smallest businesses in the state. He turns 33 on June 29.

Most of his career was spent at Constellation, where he helped develop and oversee the company’s business managing the risk in commodities trading on behalf of utilities across the country. He managed a $4 billion power portfolio across New England and the Southeast — that is, until Constellation had to hastily exit the business in late 2008.

Murphy says while he played an integral part in that business, the risk crisis that crumbled it wasn’t his responsibility — he likened it to being one baseball player whose teammate drops the ball. But regardless, all the players were given the choice to play for another team within Constellation or take a severance package, and Murphy chose the latter.

Rather than find another corporate job, Murphy decided to be his own boss. He founded the Plimhimmon Group, a private investment capital firm, as well as its first portfolio company, the Smith Island Baking Co. The company has two full-time employees, including Murphy, and 18 bakers selling $42, 9-inch-wide, 10-tiered Smith Island Cakes, which were made Maryland’s official state dessert in 2008.

During a busy past winter, the company sold 1,000 cakes, Murphy said. And this winter, he hopes to make that 3,000, which would help land the company its first profit.

He also has plans to build a fund to buy or launch more companies, using $20 million to $30 million that investors have expressed interest in putting up, he said.

But meanwhile, he has also got plans for the state. He decided to make a run for the State House because he felt none of the other candidates were truly looking out for small businesses. He calls his methodology “the Smith Island test” — how would any given policy affect the bakers on the Eastern Shore home of the famous cakes?

Part of his plans in that strategy include cutting back government spending and, by three years into his term, eliminating the state’s 8.25 percent corporate income tax. His competitors, Ehrlich and O’Malley, meanwhile, have both discussed avoiding future taxes, but neither has made it a campaign pledge.

Ehrlich promised to roll back a 1 percentage point increase in the sales tax that O’Malley passed, and O’Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said June 22 that with the state’s falling tax revenue nearing a turning point, new taxes could be avoided under a Democratic administration as well.

Neither Ehrlich nor O’Malley’s campaign is very critical of Murphy so far, as the two frontrunners are in a dead heat with more than 40 percent of the population expected to vote in their favor.

“We admire his passion for public service and believe he has a great future in the party,” Ehrlich spokesman Andy Barth said. And Abbruzzese recognized that his small-business background “will be a very powerful message among Republican primary voters.”

Murphy emphasized the potential advantage over the others because of his experience running a business, and it resonates with some small-business owners. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina and ex-eBay CEO Whitman proved that to be the case in California primaries earlier this month, when they won races for California senator and governor, respectively.

“I’m just looking for who will make it easiest for my business to grow,” said Christian Childs, president and creative director of Airplane Corp., a five-person advertising agency in Hampden. “I don’t know if that’s through tax incentives or tax cuts; I don’t know the specific tax policies. But that will be something I consider when I vote.”

Greater Baltimore Committee CEO Donald C. Fry said he thinks the timing is ripe for an emphasis on small business.

“When you go through a challenging time like we had, that certainly comes to the forefront,” Fry said. “I think having some business background and having some managerial experience certainly does help.”

But there are still plenty of voters who won’t look beyond Ehrlich and O’Malley regardless of the credentials of other candidates. Scott Macdonald, CEO of Maryland Thermoform Corp., a manufacturer in Southwest Baltimore, wouldn’t come out directly with his political leanings but suggested he supports Ehrlich, considering him the most business-friendly candidate as a Republican. It could be difficult to differentiate Republican competitors.

“Another guy in the mix, I don’t know if it means anything,” Macdonald said of Murphy. “He’s got to get his name out.”

Mike Brewington and his Campaign Treasurer, Dr. Greg Belcher, File to run for Wicomico County Council At Large.

Who is Mike Brewington?

I grew up on the family farm in Pittsville, MD. We grew chickens for Holly Farms, Showell, and finally Perdue. My Grandmother is an Austrian immigrant who came to this country through Ellis Island. My mother, Linda Truitt, taught school in Wicomico County for 38 years and retired this year. My grandfather was my childhood hero. He tilled about 80 acres with a 75hp tractor, and always kept cattle for beef. When I was a boy, I asked him once, “Why are you a Democrat?” He replied, “I’m a democrat because democrats are for the people.” This memory has remained with me until this day and my family members on my mother’s side are conservative democrats. I graduated from Salisbury University in 1998 earning a B.S. Chemistry degree. I currently live in south Salisbury on a small farm with my wife Julie and daughters Meredith and Madison. Of course, I had to keep farming because it was in my blood, and I keep a herd of beef cattle and have a small hayfield and some old John Deere tractors.

Why is Mike Running for Office as a Democrat?

I have been a registered independent until I filed for candidacy on June 15th, 2010. Maryland doesn’t recognize the independent party, which makes filing a difficult, time consuming process. I decided to go back to my family roots as a conservative democrat. I dusted off my college American history textbook and read about the conception of the democrat party. Thomas Jefferson founded the party after the Revolution to prevent the aristocracy in America from returning us to colonial rule. Does this sound familiar? Using the democrat party, Thomas Jefferson was able to pass the Bill of Rights, a document that cements our freedoms as Americans. Where would we be without the right of free speech, or the right to keep and bear arms? These are possible due to the Jeffersonian democrat party.

In Wicomico county, we need informed, transparent, and responsible government. For ten years, I worked and raised my children without paying much attention to politics. After G.W. Bush passed the bailouts and Obama passed the stimulus, we found ourselves in a record amount of debt. I was awakened, and soon found myself at a rainy, cold TEA party on April 15th, 2009 holding a sign that read, “RAISE CHICKENS NOT TAXES.” We need to be fiscally conservative. A party that is for the people does not raise their taxes, because when you take a portion of a person’s paycheck away from them, you take their freedom. Government cannot spend your money better than you can.

What is Mike’s Plan For Wicomico County Government?

I believe in researching the topics with an objective perspective before passing judgment. I am currently talking to democrats and republicans alike to gather information to form an educated decision on all the major issues that face our county. You might see me in public with my notebook, taking notes and interviewing people to gather the facts. We are living in a time of economic hardship. Money is tight and we need to be responsible with spending in order to prevent additional taxes. People living on a reduced income due to the current economic situation can’t afford more taxes. There are certain essential county services that we can’t afford to be cut. It is time to drill deep into the budgets and reduce spending that doesn’t affect our ability to maintain a civilized society. I expect it will be a painful process. I want to reduce overhead and keep the working man at work.

More information here.


Socialism is Selfish

One of the most often repeated arguments against free market capitalism is that is makes selfish, greedy monsters out of all of us. That a system based on one’s self-interest instead of the interests of the “collective” is evil on its very face. It is almost accepted as a fact that if it wasn’t for government enforcing our charity through the social safety net, poor people would starve, old people would die penniless in the streets, the infirm would be on the street corners begging for spare change and children wouldn’t be educated while a few rich individuals would spend their time rolling around in their money like Scrooge McDuck.
In fact, history has demonstrated the exact opposite. The more the government exercises control over the economy and the people that make it up, the less freedom the people have and the poorer they are. In the 1920’s millions of people were dying of starvation in Communist Russia while America, experiencing a resurgence of freedom after the tyranny of Woodrow Wilson, was prospering like no other place on earth. Before we allowed the government to control the economy through the Federal Reserve and New Deal programs, we never had a recession that lasted more than a few years. Up until the Roosevelt era, the history of the United States was one of prosperity, innovation and upward mobility. Only in America could a bobbin changer or desk clerk amass some of the largest fortunes on earth within their lifetimes. It was these men, acting in their self-interest, attempting to satisfy the self-interest of consumers free from government direction, regulation, taxes and control that created the standard of living we enjoy, a standard of living that is still the envy of the world.
That being the case, why is socialism selfish while a system based in individual self interest is not? The reason is that a system of socialism removes all meaningful interaction and responsibility among individuals within the society. The primary relationship in an individual’s life is with the state, not his or her neighbor or even his or her family. The government takes care of our children. With pre-K and Head Start, we place them in the care of unionized government employees from the time they are three until they are eighteen. The government is now also responsible for their higher education as well. If they choose not to try to make anything of themselves, we are not responsible for them then either. The government confiscates our money through taxes to pay for the basic sustenance of those who are either too lazy to work or have made bad choices that have placed them in poverty. When our neighbor or family member gets sick, the government will now determine their care. Once our parents get old, the government takes care of their needs and medical care until they die. Then the government confiscates their remaining wealth and sticks us with the bill for burying them.
Before government stepped in, people relied on their families and neighbors for all these things. If the government is going to take care of us, what do we need family for? We have seen this play out in Europe. The socialist countries of Europe have extremely low birth rates. Why? Who needs children? They are a pain when they are young and they don’t need them when they are old so why not just remain an eternal adolescent, enjoying whatever the government lets them keep on their extended vacations and abundant weekly leisure time. Not considering the next generation, getting the goodies even at the expense of the future, living only for yourself with no regard for the needs of others is the most selfish lifestyle possible.
Pure capitalism, on the other hand, encourages us to be considerate of others. In a truly free, capitalist society where government stays completely out of the economic and social spheres, confining itself to the role of protector of rights, selfishness results is very negative consequences. If one tried to live as an ‘island’, giving no thought for the needs or wishes of others, you would quickly be reduced to living in a hovel as a hunter gatherer. Why? Because you would not be able to get a job. Employment in such a society requires that your labor meet the needs of an employer who is, in turn, trying to meet the needs of his customers. If you did not care about the needs of the employer you would not have a job very long. Compare the products of communist countries with those of free ones. Workers under communism cannot be fired for lack of efficiency or quality, in free countries they can be. Continuing, if you didn’t care about your neighbors and you fell on hard times, charity would be hard to come by. If you don’t make yourself valuable to others, they find it hard to put any value on you. Consider the value free counties place on individual life as opposed to counties based on the “collective”. In a free country, any life lost is a tragedy. In a communist country, twenty million lives lost is a footnote. In a “collective”, it is the group that matters and those at the top decide what is best for the group, the individual life is only worth something if it serves the needs of the collective. In a free county, every individual is valued as an individual, every individual has rights simply because they exist as a man or woman and government’s only role is to ensure that each individual’s rights are respected by all the other individuals in a society. Finally, if you do not have children or choose to be a bad parent, there will be no one to take care of you when you’re old. The point of all these examples is to show that in a free, capitalist society it is in everyone’s self interest to be considerate of the self interest of everyone else. In a socialist society, the opposite is true. As long as the individual maintains good relations with the state, other relationships are superfluous and have little value. This does not apply simply to economics but to our societal relationships as well.
For the last hundred years America has been turning its back on all the things that made us great, embracing the very philosophies that have not only demonstrated their utter failure everywhere they are tried but are the complete antithesis of the system we were founded upon. Today, with our government taking a greater role in controlling our lives and the economic and social systems we inhabit, the family is disintegrating, we have created a permanent and growing underclass, we have seen the devaluation of individual life at both ends, and a stifled economy and for all our efforts we have stuck our great-grandchildren with a bill even they will not be able to pay. So who’s selfish now?

Mike Calpino
Candidate for Wicomico County Council

New Murphy Poll Suggests Maryland Voters Willing to “Shop Around” Before November Gubernatorial Election

Crofton, Maryland – Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, today released polling data which confirmed the possibility of an upset victory in November. The poll, conducted by the polling companyTM, inc., whose CEO is nationally- regarded political analyst Kellyanne Conway, shows Maryland voters prefer not to settle for an Ehrlich-O’Malley rematch. The survey also found that voters would be very or somewhat likely to support a businessman over either Ehrlich or O’Malley, and that they would support a candidate who would pledge to not raise taxes. Both factors play well for Murphy’s candidacy, as Murphy is a businessman, and is the only candidate who has committed to balance the budget without raising taxes.

Given his recent entrance into statewide politics, Murphy’s name identification unsurprisingly lagged behind Ehrlich’s and O’Malley’s (27% vs. 92% vs. 96% respectively). All three candidates enjoyed net positive favorable-to-unfavorable ratings, but Ehrlich and O’Malley under-performed their favorability ratings in their ballot tests while Murphy over-performed his.

In 2006, Martin O’Malley defeated Bob Ehrlich by approximately 7 percentage points (53% to 46%), and four years earlier, Ehrlich became governor with 52% of the vote. Yet, neither O’Malley nor Ehrlich performs at or above (or within the margin of error) their past levels of victory in hypothetical ballot tests. They are both under 50%, with a comparable number of voters open to another option.

In the latest poll, O’Malley and Ehrlich were in a statistical dead-heat: 44% to 43%. However, only 28% definitely will vote for incumbent Governor O’Malley and 31% were firmly committed to former Governor, an “incumbent” once removed, Ehrlich.

In a match-up against Martin O’Malley, Brian Murphy trailed 44% to 25%, with 31% of voters undecided. The outcome is not surprising considering Murphy’s low name recognition. But the data show Murphy’s signed pledge to not raise taxes resonates with likely voters, a fact that would allow him to show vivid contrast in a general election against the fiscally unrestrained O’Malley.

The poll also showed that 46% of likely voters “wish there was someone else running to support,” and that 50% would be very or somewhat likely “to support someone for Governor of Maryland who has never held political office, but has a strong business background, over Bob Ehrlich and Martin O’Malley.”

When given blind ballot tests (without the names attached), 51% of voters favored a candidate who pledges not to raise taxes over one who grew the government by 40% (19%) or who raised taxes to record levels (12%).

In response to this poll, Mr. Murphy made the following statement:

“We started this campaign because we knew Maryland could do better. The Ehrlich-O’Malley question was settled in 2006. As a voter, I wanted a new choice. I wanted someone who would balance our budget, without raising taxes. I wanted someone who would bring sound business principles to Annapolis to help grow our economy. And this poll shows the majority of Marylanders feel the same way.”

“Yes, our campaign must overcome low name recognition. We knew that from the beginning. But Maryland voters are hungry for leaders with vision and conviction. And if given the choice, I’d prefer having to overcome low name recognition than having to overcome Bob Ehrlich’s or Martin O’Malley’s poor record. Name recognition can be addressed. A poor record cannot.”


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 B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. 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.

The live telephone poll of 508 likely voters was conducted June 8-10, 2010. Respondents were selected randomly from a list of registered voters in Maryland, and were screened to ensure registration to vote in Maryland and likeliness to participate in the upcoming general election. Sampling controls were employed to ensure proportional numbers of respondents were interviewed by demographic characteristics such as race, age, gender, party registration, and geographic region, as those characteristics are reported by the latest publicly available statistics from the State of Maryland and the United States Census data.

For more information on the Brian Murphy for Governor Campaign, see http://www.brianmurphy2010.com. To set up a press or media interview, contact Karla Graham at karla@brianmurphy2010.com or (410) 924-4577.

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