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July 12, 2011

Republican delegate to direct state GOP

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney announced today that he has tapped freshman Del. Justin Ready to serve as the organization's interim executive director.

This will be Ready's second go at the job: The 29-year-old served in the position from April 2008 to July 2009, when he was fired by embattled GOP Chairman Jim Pelura (who resigned after receiving a no-confidence vote by the state board).

"Justin's experience as a former MDGOP Executive Director makes him the right choice to serve as the interim executive director through the end of 2011," Mooney said in a statement. Maryland Republcians are searching for a permanent executive director, Mooney said.

The main role of the executive director is to raise money -- which could be a problem for Ready, who represents Carroll County and is a member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Ethics rules prohibit state lawmakers from raising money during legislative sessions. In addition to the regular 90-day session in January, a special session for congressional redistricting is planned for October. There's no word yet on how long that session will last.

Apart from the fundraising restriction, there's no ethical issue with a lawmaker working for a political party, said William Somerville of the Department of Legislative Services. Somerville said Ready checked with DLS before accepting Mooney's appointment. 

Ready said he would "be very mindful" of the fundraising restrictions and would avoid any involvement with that aspect of the executive director position while the legislature is in session.

Mooney, who called Ready the "perfect person" for the interim job, said he does not anticipate special session will last long enough to have much of an impact on Ready's fundraising ability. He said having an interim director buys the party time to look far and wide for a new leader.

Ready replaces Kim Jorns, who is returning to her native Michigan to serve as executive director of its Republican Party.

Ready also was a legislative aide to former Del. J.B. Jennings (now a state senator) and a chief of staff to former Sen. Janet Greenip, according to his legislative biography.

He said the interim executive director position is "a natural fit."

"I've got a good range of experience, and I have already worked with a lot of the folks in the party," he said. "My goal will be to continue to make progress for the party, and to keep the train running on time."

Maryland's GOP also recently lost its communications director, Ryan Mahoney, who took a position with the Republican National Committee.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 3:05 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Republicans


same old insider crowd.

This is probably one of the dumbest moves Chairman Mooney could have ever made. How is Del. Ready going to be able to fulfill the role of E.D. when he has to worry about House rules that prevent him from criticizing fellow members of the General Assembly? What would he say about Del. Minnick getting busted for illegal gambling machines? Nothing he can't. How is he going to criticize Speaker Bush when he passes a gerrymandered redistricting map? Nothing he can't. What is he going to be more worried about more? His own fate in Redistricting or the fate of the more vulnerable Republican's near Baltimore City? I venture to guess like most politicians he will protect his hide first. How is he going to raise money to fight redistricting while he is prohibited to by house rules? The Party needs to make this interim E.D. Position very interim and find someone who can perform all the duties of an Executive Director of a State Party.

Wow, they must be about dead over there... I guess having Newt in town didnt save the sinking ship. They might have to pawn that Regan statue they have in the office

Matt Proud can't even answer the phones at MDGOP? Sad Sad

I wonder why everyone is leaving. Alex Mooney must be a "horrible boss"

Can you imagine him in that movie

It's all Bush's fault of course.

Is that you, Joe Cluster?

I sure hope a few Republicans post some comments. You Democrats are nasty.

I think Del. Ready is a great person, and I bet he will do a great job as executive director.
Seems like they might be priming him for bigger things.

Yeah, if by bigger things you mean losing by 20 points in a Gubernatorial race in 2018...

Whatever changes are being planned, I hope that they will be more diligent in their efforts that in previous years, I'm an African American (Rep) and there seems to be no effort put forth in any types of rallies or anything to get more of us involved, what has happened to Michael Steele who could be major voice in this accomplishment.

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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.

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