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GOP spring convention provides drama

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:

“Hello friends,

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


  • Amedori 5 years ago

    Dilip, my move to the Murphy campaign was not a slap to anyone. Let's not forget that it was the taxpayers of MD who paid me to travel 4 days a wee* across the state to go into prisons. See, this is what bothers me. Do I owe Ehrlich my life, blindly? I continued to be a public servant for the taxpayers. I did not do it for Bob. Please explain how it is a slap? It is that mentality that is so offensive to not just me, but many. I would hope that if someone as*ed Bob he would say I was not an Ehrlich servant; rather, I was a public servant.

  • Karl Pfrommer 5 years ago

    Hi Dilip,

    I liked your article about the GOP convention. There certainly are some credibility issues among Governor Ehrlich’s Republican opposition. However, Murphy, Pelura and Amedon are not impediments for the Republican nomination. They are but a distraction. If we become distracted we will distract voters.

    Furthermore, archconservatives are known to be far less pragmatic and compromising than swing voters. Thus, more General Election votes will be earned with dissatisfied Democrats and Independents than among the far right. And some archconservatives, having no other palatable choice, will come around. That’s how Governor McKeldin did it in 1950 with a larger margin of victory than ever before.

    We need to focus on our General Election. That’s the only contest that really counts.

  • Dilip 5 years ago

    Carmen, I generally don't respond to comments posted on my commentaries, but you asked how was your running with Ehrlich's opposition a slap in his face. You supported Ehrlich before (2002 and 2006), took a very nice appointment from him, then you joined the ticket of someone who thinks he would do a better job as Governor than Ehrlich did or would do. By joining his ticket, you agreed with him. Therefore, it is a slap in Ehrlich's face. Blind loyalty is not required, but how about just a loyalty. After all, he did appoint you to a job that the readers should know pays six figures. Your service is appreciated, but your comment that this was not a slap at Ehrlich is like telling someone you decide to break up with, "It's not you, it's me." I guess as the saying goes, "If you want a friend in politics, get a dog."

  • Amedori 5 years ago

    Ha ha, Dilip, really? You're funny. Again, my loyalty was to the taxpayers of this state. IMHO, that is where it belongs. Not to one person; regardless of who it is. I was appointed to that JOB because I had the ability to do it. Not as any favor from Bob, right? Or are you saying I was rewarded for something by being appointed? I was qualified for the JOB, he offered. Loo* at the campaign records, you won't see record brea*ing contributions to Bob from me or my family. All decisions were business, Dilip not personal and I *now Bob gets it.

  • Amedori 5 years ago

    PS. The JOB does not pay 6 figures. It is 84,000. And I earned every penny.

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