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December 11, 2010

Alex Mooney wins GOP chair

Departing state Sen. Alex X. Mooney has been elected chairman of the Maryland Republican Party after a contested election. He edged out Mary Kane, who ran for lieutenant governor this year.

We will have updates with the vote count and additional details right here.

Mooney can look forward to a season of change: Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly will be redrawing legislative and congressional districts, term limits mean the next gubernatorial race will be for an open seat and, for the first time since 1998, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is unlikely to be the party's nominee for governor.

"The party is on the brink of making a change of some sort," Chris Cavey, a former chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party said in a story published today. "It is at the crux of change. and [Saturday] is Day One."

Ehrlich's 14.5-percentage point loss to O'Malley last month in a year that was good for Republicans elsewhere has stirred debate within the Maryland GOP, with some saying the party should focus more on local elections than on the top of the ticket, while others want to aggressively recruit new members from Democratic strongholds such as Baltimore.

Posted by Annie Linskey at 12:23 PM | | Comments (4)


What a joke.

That's good news to the leaders in the Democratic Party. Mooney will undoubtedly raise money on behalf of Republican nominees, but, he'll meddle so much prior to the primaries, that he'll create contempt among the rank and file.

Just shows that Republicans in office will always put money before common sense.

In 1998 Ellen Sauerbrey was the nominee, Ehrlich wasn't the nominee until 2002. I worry that Mooney will not realize that in order to succeed in Maryland the GOP must embrace Conservatives, Liberals and Moderates in the party. While I would like to see a Butch Otter or Nikki Haley win in Md the chances are slim.

I wish the State GOP had considered there was a reason that 25% of primary voters didn't vote for Mooney even though he ran unopposed. He was the only incumbent Republican to lose in the General Election in Frederick County. He was a horrible senator who only showed up at election time. I hope that he has learned from his loss and that he will do well for the state party.

Good news for Dems, I'd say.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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