Mary Kane seeks to lead Maryland GOP
The Republican running mate in this year's governor's race is campaigning for another office. Mary Kane confirmed to The Washington Post that she is seeking to lead the Maryland Republican Party, which selects a new head next month.
Kane spent this summer and fall as the lieutenant governor hopeful in former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's comeback bid. The pair lost earlier this month to the Democratic incumbent ticket, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
Kane's husband, John Kane, led the state party during Ehrlich's tenure as governor. They live in Montgomery County.
Chris Cavey and Larry Hogan, other Ehrlich allies frequently mentioned as candidates for the state chairmanship, both told The Sun today that they're not running.
Other names being bandied about include Brian Murphy, who challenged Ehrlich in the primary, and Charles Lollar, who waged an unsuccessful but high-profile campaign to unseat Rep. Steny Hoyer.
Audrey Scott, who has served as chairwoman of the party for the past year, has said she won't seek another term. She helped Republicans transition after the rocky tenure of Jim Pelura, who had a strained relationship with Ehrlich and some GOP lawmakers.