This weekend was the Maryland Republican Party Spring Convention. Governor Ehrlich was the big draw, as expected.
What is perhaps not as well known amongst the general public is that Ehrlich has a primary challenger, Brian Murphy. Mr. Murphy is 33 years old, a successful businessman, and a political newcomer. His strategy for the campaign is clear; he is running to the right of Ehrlich. One of his big supporters is former Maryland GOP Chairman Jim Pelura, who is apparently still upset that Ehrlich did not support him in his efforts to keep the Chairmanship.
That, however, was not the big drama at the Convention. Murphy appeared to get a boost a few weeks ago, when former Delegate Carmen Amedori dropped out of the U.S. Senate race to join Murphy as his Lt. Governor candidate. Amedori gave Murphy credibility, because she is a solid conservative, who was elected Delegate, and she was appointed to the Parole Commission by Ehrlich when he was Governor. For Amedori to endorse Murphy for Governor was a slap in the face to Ehrlich, in whose Administration she served.
Amedori withdrew from Murphy’s ticket this weekend, and endorsed Ehrlich. She had this to say on her Facebook page:
“I can only say one more time that my decision to leave the Murphy tic*et was my own. I never had conversations or sought input from the Ehrlich camp. My family and I *now the truth how this came about. I told Brian the truth. Now, he is trying to deceive the public to believe otherwise. Get a grip people.”
Amedori is referencing Murphy’s claim that Amedori was pressured off of his ticket by Ehrlich’s people.
As of this post, Murphy had this introduction still on his Facebook page:
My name is Brian Murphy, and I want to be Maryland's next Governor. Former Delegate Carmen Amedori has joined the ticket at Lt. Governor. The Murphy-Amedori team is just what Maryland needs to grow Maryland's economy.”
So, either Murphy has not had a chance to update his Facebook profile or Amedori’s bailing from his ticket took him by surprise. He does acknowledge in a wall post that Amedori has left the ticket, and says a press release will issue tomorrow. Regardless, Murphy is vowing to continue in his campaign. How much of an impediment he will be to Ehrlich remains to be seen.
Dilip Paliath has a general law practice in Towson. For more information, see www.paliath.com.