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May 24, 2011

Murphy to chair Senate campaign, not run, in 2012

Brian Murphy, the conservative Republican who ran against Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in last year’s GOP gubernatorial primary, has a candidate in mind to run against Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in 2012. The one thing he can confirm: It isn’t him.

“This Thursday, May 26, I’ll be making an announcement regarding the 2012 US Senate race,” Murphy wrote on his Facebook page this week, prompting supporters to reply that they were prepared to campaign for him or make a political contribution if he got into the race.

But in an interview Tuesday, Murphy said he isn’t particularly interested in the seat for himself. He will, however, serve as the chairman of a GOP campaign he hopes can win. Who is the mystery candidate?

Murphy said the challenger is married, has two master’s degrees, including an MBA, has served for 16 years in law enforcement -- including 12 years in federal law enforcement -- and has spent “many years at the White House.”

“And quite frankly, he's leaving it all behind to run for Senate,” Murphy said. “He's got huge passion for his country and for his family.”

Murphy said he will not disclose the candidate’s identity Thursday – just sing his praises. Voters will have to wait until next week for a name, he said.

In his own race against Ehrlich last year, Murphy enjoyed support from many in the tea party movement and captured national attention by securing an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Ultimately, though, he won only about 24 percent of the GOP primary vote. And Ehrlich lost in November to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The non-partisan Cook Political Report and other prognosticators list Cardin as solidly safe for 2012. But Murphy said he is convinced the first-term Democrat, who served 20 years in the House, is vulnerable.

“There's no question Cardin’s beatable,” he said.

Posted by John Fritze at 2:51 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Washington


Well hopefully his secret candidate feels differently about employer provided healthcare. As I recall he was against it when he ran. Funny these ploiticians and those running for office don't mind having it provided to them through our tax money!

Solved the Brian Murphy mystery. Daniel Bongino. His linked in profile ( matches this: ( and he's on Murphy's twitter. Yeah I'll take a Pulitzer.

Murphy was a fraud during the campaign and he is a fraud now. His big secret has a business connection to the boy wonder and the two wives have a business together.

The boy wonder's secret just resigned from the Secret Service....perhaps the same way Murphy "took the opportunity to leave Constellation"?

Just like the boy wonder himself, Bongino has NEVER attended a Republican meeting, or testified in Annapolis, or worked on any campaigns or issues.

There is NO DOUBT in my mind that Bongino is doing what the Boy Wonder did last year and use a senate campaign to drum up some buisness for his new start-up.

Guess Silverloch needs some media attention so Bongino uses the turncoat Democrat Boy Wonder to advance his career.

Thanks, but NO THANKS Bongino...we don't need any carpetbaggers here in Maryland.

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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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