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March 20, 2009

Pressure on GOP's Pelura to resign

Pressure is mounting for Maryland Republican Chairman Jim Pelura to give up his position.

According to the Gazette newspaper, Republican lawmakers are circulating a letter that calls for Pelura’s resignation, citing problems with party registration, grass-roots organizing and fundraising.

The Gazette said that “at least half” of the 14 Republicans in the 47-person Senate have signed the letter. There are 36 Republicans in the 141-person House of Delegates.

Lawmakers are unusually harsh in their assessment of Pelura, an easy-going veterinarian with ties to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. who faces the unenviable task of trying to lead a party crippled in recent elections in a state that appears to be trending to the left.

"I would be hard-pressed if asked to state what his accomplishments are or even what his priorities have been since he's been in office," Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr. of Cecil County is quoted as saying in the Gazette. "It's clear the party's rudderless. There's a lack of direction."

Added Senate Minority Leader Senate Allan H. Kittleman: "I don't think the party is in a position now to provide the assistance necessary to support Republican candidates in 2010."

In February, the Baltimore Sun’s Laura Smitherman was among the first to report on discontent with Pelura, when Del. Christopher Shank, the minority whip from Washington County, told her that he had "no confidence" in Pelura, adding that the chairman has not focused on his duties and meddled in caucus affairs.

But could anyone do a better job overseeing the party right now? If not Pelura, then who? Ehrlich remains on the sidelines; Michael Steele has moved to the national stage; state Sen. Andy Harris is gearing up for another congressional run; U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has never shown interest in party building. Party enrollment is falling behind Democrats, and there’s a Democrat a few miles down the road in the White House. Not a pretty picture.

What can be done to help Republicans in Maryland? Is Pelura part of the solution, or part of the problem? What’s your view?

Posted by David Nitkin at 12:18 PM | | Comments (19)
        

Comments

The bottom line: Jim Pelura sticks his foot more in his mouth than in O'Malley's.

Republicans are cash-stripped...shoot, even in debt.

Republicans are losing the registration battle.

Republicans are disorganized and grassroots organizations aside from the MFRW have fallen to the wayside.

Republicans aren't doing a good job recruiting candidates.

Is it Obama? Is it O'Malley? Or is ineptitude? Hopefully the former(s), but probably the latter.

Jim Pelura needs to get serious or get out and let someone else take charge who wants to see Republicans succeed.

Well Al Redmer has become chummy with the rightwing bloggers up there in Harford County.

How about looking into why Ehrlich's Prince of Darkness abruptly abandoned his blog a month ago.
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I did notice that! Anybody know why that is?
-- David

How about helping the party instead of just complaining? I love to hear everyone complain that Pelura isn't doing enough. Most of the republican legislators won't even show up for events that are planned. No one volunteers, no one comes to any planned events-the republicans in charge can't even get out of their own way. How about the so-called republican leaders getting off their butts to help out? How about all these "party faithfuls" that keeping crying about what is wrong actaully volunteer and helping? Of course registration is falling-even the republicans can't get along.

Time for the Maryland Republican Party to examine the Carroll County Republican Party way of doing things.

Hey, once Pelura gets the ax, maybe Michael Steele can take his place. Michael's "hip/hop urban suburban" style might play better in MD than it is on a national stage, and I think his rope is shorter than Pelura's.

David asks "I did notice that! Anybody know why that is?"

I would like to point out an interesting coincidence.

Since Steffen has stopped posting on his blog, postings about Maryland politics and the need to elect more Republicans have appeared on a formerly dormant blog titled "Greg's Place". Greg's blog also has a link to Joe Steffen's blog.

Did I mention that Greg's full name is Greg Redmer (Al's brother).?

Now can anyone answer David's question?

The same people who voted for Pelura will keep him in office for the reason he is there. He is NOT a RINO like those who follow Ehrilc to smell his farts. The reason the Party suffers from financial support is because of RINOs like Kittleman and Ehrilic who keep the party divided.

We need the Pelura's of the party to keep us to our conservative roots. The legislators quoted in this article and in the numbers are working against the party and are all about themselves and their RINO agenda's. Its time to clean the HOUSE indeed, but not necissarily Jim's house.

Chum, take off the tin foil hat and maybe David will join you. Joe made the blog, liked the attention and then got bored. He's still out on Monday nights.

A better question is did anyone notice O'Malley was spotted as the last one leaving a St. Patrick's Day gig with Obama the same time he was supposed to be in House Judiciary testifying? Talk about a dismissive and cavalier attitude toward the MGA. He could care less about the delegates and senators, DC is where he wants to be.

John,
(John Steffen?)
Instead of making weird comments about "tin foil" hats, take some time to educate yourself. The time of the hearing was changed.Now saying that Joe Steffen abrubtly abandoned his blog because he got "bored" is absurd. Joe has been very, very chummy with the Redmers lately.

The question is still unanswered.

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and the relevancty to this blog is that these appears to be a Baltimore/Harford County centric wing of the MDGOP brewing to oppose Ehrlich and his crony Pelura .

and the relevancty to this blog is that these appears to be a Baltimore/Harford County centric wing of the MDGOP brewing to oppose Ehrlich and his crony Pelura .

Uh...Chum...

If you knew much about MD Republican politics (admittedly a very small world), you would know that Pelura is NOT an Ehrlich crony. In fact, the crux of this controversy has at least some of it's roots in a long ago falling out between Ehrlich and Pelura...the falling out has been joined and accelerated by people who don't like Pelura's style, and those that don't like Ehrlich's style...

Uh lalank7 ,
David Nitkin wrote "Pelura, an easy-going veterinarian with ties to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr."

I grant you "crony" might be too strong a word (or perhaps not), but you can't deny Ehrlich got Pelura installed there.

My point stands. I now wonder if Steffen's blog and his "Hall of Fame" of Ehrlich cronies was intended to take the Ehrlich wing down a notch. Check out Steffen's facebook friends. A lot of Nottingham -Perry Hall -Bel Air MDGOPers.

Uh lalank7 ,
David Nitkin wrote "Pelura, an easy-going veterinarian with ties to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr."

I grant you "crony" might be too strong a word (or perhaps not), but you can't deny Ehrlich got Pelura installed there.

My point stands.I now wonder if Steffen's blog and his "Hall of Fame" of Ehrlich cronies was intended to take the Ehrlich wing down a notch. Check out Steffen's facebook friends. A lot of Nottingham -Perry Hall -Bel Air MDGOPers.

As the author of the above mentioned "Greg's Place" I must say that Chum hasn't changed much from his posting days on Sunspot.
My blog contains maybe two political posts. I have never been a political person, never met Joe Steffen and seldom talk politics with my brother.

As far as my blog. You insinuate it was dormant until Joe Steffen came into the picture. If you read the blog you'll see we got a new puppy and my computer time decreased due to more responsibility around the house protecting the furniture.

You chum have been petty for years bashing my brother and my niece and you can try to slander me if you like but I have nothing to hide and will expose your lies every time.

That's the point. For all his ranting, it is factual that Greg Redmer posted a link to Steffen's blog. For a non-political person that is quite odd.


Chum wrote, "I would like to point out an interesting coincidence.
Since Steffen has stopped posting on his blog, postings about Maryland politics and the need to elect more Republicans have appeared on a formerly dormant blog titled "Greg's Place". Greg's blog also has a link to Joe Steffen's blog."

If you find it interesting that I linked Steffen's blg you need to get a life.

For the rest, if you'd like to see this highly political blog that chum sqeals about, enjoy.

It's interesting because I was linked to "Greg's Place" when I was trying to find Steffen's blog.

Mr. Redmer posted he is not political and doesn't know Mr. Steffen. Which makes it more interesting that he would have a link to Joe's blog.

I

I'm linked to Chickaboomer too and never met her. If you read my comments on the blog a reporter looking for Frank Serpico was linked to my blog. Mmmmm, maybe I'm Serpico?? Maybe you're a psycho.

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