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March 13, 2009

Don Dwyer rift with Republican Caucus in Annapolis

Donald Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican and one of the most socially and religiously conservative members of the General Assembly, appears to have left the Republican Caucus. According to progressive blogger Judd Legum, Dwyer became upset when the caucus refused to endorse his proposal for a constitutional amendement that would define a person from the moment of conception -- effectively prohibiting all abortions.

The Baltimore Sun's Laura Smitherman approached Dwyer in the State House today to get to the bottom of things. As the following exchange shows, she didn't get very far:

Smitherman: Are you leaving the Republican Caucus?
Dwyer: No comment.
Smitherman: Are you still a member of the Republican Caucus?
Dwyer: No comment.
Smitherman: That raises more questions than it answers.
Dwyer: I can say I am still a member of the Republican Party.
Smitherman: I don't understand why you can't say you're a member of a caucus.
Dwyer: I can say I will no longer be attending the meetings.
Smitherman: Can you say why you won't be attending those meetings?
Dwyer: Oh no.

Posted by David Nitkin at 11:22 AM | | Comments (3)


Is there any plans to report any "rifts on the Demcratic side or will you and Andy to continue to soley focus on the Republican party?

I guess that would be a no

Oh, you mean like the long running fued between Busch and Miller on slots? Or the fued between Miller and otehrs about future spending? Or the fued between Franchot and O'Malley? Yep, never read about any o them in the sun.

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