Maryland: The Land that TEA Forgot?/A Monoblogue Post

I actually sent this in to PJM early this but they decided not to run it for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a little bit off-message, or perhaps we are a true backwater of conservative politics.

Last year in Virginia and New Jersey, the first successes of the TEA Party movement swept unabashed fiscal conservatives Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie into office.

Similarly in Pennsylvania, the latest polls show Republicans with wide leads in statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate. Next door in West Virginia, a Republican has a good chance of taking over the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat stalwart Robert Byrd.

Even where the polls aren’t as friendly, such as Delaware, they garnered national attention when a TEA Party-backed upstart in Christine O’Donnell upended longtime moderate Republican Congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary. O’Donnell made her final push to victory after getting financial backing from the TEA Party Express and the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

Yet as all that political turmoil roils states which border Maryland, TEA Party activists there bemoan the fact that they’ve been bypassed by the excitement.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of TEA Party favorite Brian Murphy did little to help his campaign for governor as he was spanked by a nearly 50 point margin in the September 14 primary. While Delaware voters turned their political world upside down by going against the state’s establishment Republicans and selecting O’Donnell, Maryland’s state GOP apparatus placed their support behind former governor Bob Ehrlich almost immediately after he formally announced he would seek the office again. The move angered conservative activists but more mainline Republicans bought the argument that only Ehrlich could unseat current Governor Martin O’Malley – who defeated Ehrlich in 2006.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Ehrlich trails in the latest Rasmussen Poll by 8 points, which is larger than his 2006 margin of defeat. A similar (and more recent) poll by Gonzales Research has Ehrlich down 5.

Of course there are bright spots for conservative activists in some portions of the state. Andy Harris is a TEA Party favorite who is giving freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil all he can handle in a spirited First District race that’s also a rematch, from 2008. Even more popular is the man challenging Steny Hoyer in the Fifth District, Charles Lollar. He’s a dynamic speaker who has excited crowds anywhere from a small campaign event to the 9-12 rally in Washington, D.C.

But for two TEA Party believers I spoke to, the lack of good choices on the Maryland ballot is disheartening.

Read about the Two Tea Party Patriots here.

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Murphy and Jenkins Hold First Townhall on Illegal Illigration; Announce Details For Next Event

FREDERICK, MARYLAND – This past evening, Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, Mike Ryman, Candidate for Lt Governor, and Maryland law enforcement stalwart, Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, held their first townhall on illegal immigration.

This past evening’s event, open to the public and attended by approximately 100 concerned citizens and several members of the media, was held at Frederick’s American Legion Post #11.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mike Ryman, Murphy’s pick for Lt Governor, began the evening by discussing the Murphy/Ryman Administration’s intent to root out waste, fraud and abuse. Next, Sheriff Jenkins spoke about Program 287(g), the pressing problems of illegal immigration in Maryland, and his support for Murphy’s candidacy.

Murphy rounded out the evening by thanking Ryman for his vision and willingness to serve, and commended Jenkins for his leadership in addressing this pressing problem. Murphy also reaffirmed his commitment to balance the budget, without raising taxes, and his commitment to work with Sheriff Jenkins to bring about Program 287(g) state-wide.

Sheriff Jenkins has thrown his support behind Brian Murphy over Murphy’s primary opponent, Bob Ehrlich, because of Murphy’s firm commitment to work with Sheriff Jenkins in implementing Program 287(g) statewide. Murphy has been in the forefront of the Governor’s race in acknowledging the size of the illegal immigration problem in Maryland, and for proposing specific solutions to address it.

The next townhall will be:

Tuesday, August 24th
Rockville American Legion
2013 Veirs Mill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20851
7:00pm

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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.

On Tuesday, GOP candidate Brian Murphy said he agreed to debate against his primary opponent, former Governor Bob Ehrlich, on a radio show.

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.

Murphy Accepts Invitation to Debate Ehrlich on WMAL

Murphy Accepts Invitation to Debate Ehrlich on WMAL; Ehrlich Reacts by Running from Murphy and Challenging O’Malley to Debate

CROFTON, MARYLAND – On Tuesday, Brian Murphy, Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland, accepted WMAL’s Bryan Nehman and Fred Grandy’s offer to debate his primary opponent, Bob Ehrlich, on their top-rated radio show (Part I, Part II). Today, Ehrlich replied by attempting to sidestep Murphy and the Republican party by challenging O’Malley to a series of debates before next month’s Primary.

Murphy has the endorsement of national Republican and conservative icons Governor Sarah Palin, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, and Family Research Council, as well as Maryland law enforcement stalwart Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and Pro-Life leader Maryland Right to Life. In addition, responsible tax policy icon and Americans for Tax Reform President, Grover Norquist, spoke on Murphy’s behalf at a Murphy fundraiser held at the home of former MDGOP Chairman, Dr. Jim Pelura.

Bob Ehrlich’s primary national support comes from former Lt. Governor and current RNC chair, Michael Steele, by way of a back-room deal struck before Ehrlich filed for office and in lieu of a primary.

“As a former Governor of Maryland, Bob Ehrlich acted irresponsibly and forfeited core republican principles for fiscal and social responsibility. He grew Maryland’s budget by almost 30%, and raised $3 billion in fees and taxes. He also turned his back on every core Republican belief, including the sanctity of life, the 2nd Amendment, illegal immigration, and the right to work. As a result, he lost the trust of the general Maryland voter and was defeated by O’Malley in 2006, a year when every other incumbent Republican Governor won reelection,” said Murphy.

“Ehrlich and Steele are once again attempting to sidestep Republican principles and Ehrlich’s failed record as a Republican. The data confirms a real Republican can win in Maryland in 2010. And Ehrlich is no Republican. If I were him, I’d be afraid to debate me, too,” said Murphy.

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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.

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Sharptown/MD American Legion Candidate Meet and Greet

SHARPTOWN AMERICAN LEGION MEET AND GREET

LOCATED AT 204 STATE STREET IN SHARPTOWN
**VERY MUCH OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

AUGUST 29TH FROM 2-4PM

FOR THE PEOPLE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF CANDIDATES DIRECTLY. NO PREPARED SPEECHES WILL BE GIVEN.

SOME OF THE CANDIDATES INVITED:
-CHRIS LEWIS
-BRIAN MURPHY
-ROB FISHER
-ANDY HARRIS
-BOB CULVER
-MATT HOLLOWAY
-RICHARD COLBURN
-STEVIE PRETTYMAN
-JOHN BAKER
-MIKE BREWINGTON
-ED TAYLOR
-RUDY CANE
-MIKE CALPINO
-DUSTIN MILLS

THIS EVENT IS PLANNED BY CHRIS LEWIS FOR WICOMICO COUNTY COUNCIL AT LARGE.

By authority of Ralph Cordrey, Treasurer

**Bringing accountability, accessibility, responsibility and representation back to local government.**