Perry, Romney set up campaigns in Md.
Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry on Wednesday named two state lawmakers and a political consultant to his lead his campaign effort in Maryland.
The state team will be co-chaired by state Sen. Christopher Shank, a Western Maryland Republican, and Del. Justin Ready, a Carroll County lawmaker and interim executive director of the state party. The Perry campaign also named political consultant Lawrence Scott and Richard “Dick” Hug as finance co-chairs.
“I am looking forward to expanding our campaign operation into Maryland and I am proud to have the support of these key individuals,” Perry said in a statement.
The Maryland primary will take place April 3 as the national political schedule continues to slide earlier into the year. The Iowa caucuses are set for Jan. 3. New Hampshire has not yet announced a primary date.
The candidates are part of a crowded field seeking the GOP nomination and the right to take on President Barack Obama next November.
Hug, who has previously raised money for former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., joins the Perry campaign even as Ehrlich has signed up with former Massachusetts governor and GOP front runner Mitt Romney. Romney announced last week that he had chosen Ehrlich to be chairman of his campaign here.
Romney endorsed Ehrlich’s 2010 unsuccessful gubernatorial bid.
“After studying all the candidates, it is clear that Republicans’ best chance for beating President Obama next November is Mitt Romney,” Ehrlich said in a statement posted last week on his Facebook page.