Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TOMORROW: Mitt Romney is Coming to Maryland // GOP Delegates Are in Play! - Who Did MD Officials Endorse?

Maryland is apparently going to be a contested state in the heated battle for the Republican Presidential nomination. The GOP Primary is Tuesday, April 3rd -- but early voting starts this Saturday! Mitt Romney is going to be in town tomorrow to rally the troops and round-up votes. Details below:
Join Mitt and Team Maryland on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. for a town hall meeting at American Legion Post 109 at 1610 Old Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, MD 21227.

The Washington Post had a quick synopsis on the state of the GOP presidential race in Maryland. See an excerpt below:
In the delegate contest, Maryland offers 37 this year; 24 will be awarded based on the winners of each of the state’s eight congressional districts, 10 will go to the statewide winner and the last three are controlled by state party leaders....

“I’d have to say it’s a strong case for Mitt Romney,” said Louis Pope, the Republican National Committeeman for Maryland and co-chairman — along with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. — of the Romney campaign in the state....

Santorum, whose campaign did not respond to requests for comment, makes no mention of Maryland on his Web site....

The presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) also did not respond to a request for comment about his efforts in Maryland’s GOP primary.

As for former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said “plans are underway to visit the state soon.”

Gingrich has the backing of Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who is co-chairing Gingrich’s Maryland campaign along with Del. Warren E. Miller (R-Howard)....

Harris said Gingrich has a fighting chance in the state, because “we have a grass-roots network” and because Maryland Republicans aren’t a clear ideological fit with Romney....

Several members of the General Assembly and a handful of state party officials, including vice chairwoman Diana Waterman and then-executive director Justin Ready, endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the fall, before his candidacy fizzled out.

Bartlett, who is neutral, said he couldn’t pick a favorite among Romney, Santorum and Gingrich. “I don’t think it leans toward any of those three,” he said. 

If you are curious, I have copied below the list of Romney's key Maryland endorsers:
Fmr. Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

State Sen. Richard Colburn State Sen. Joe Getty, State Sen. Allan Kittleman, State Sen. Bryan Simonaire

Del. Kathryn Afzali, Del. John Cluster, Del. Addie Eckardt, Del. Donald Elliott, Del. Bill Frank, Del. Michael Hough, Del. Nicholaus Kipke, Del. Susan Krebs, Del. Steven Schuh, Del. Kathy Szeliga

Former State Senator and GOP Minority Leader, Senator Marty Madden
Fmr. House Minority Leader Alfred Redmer Jr., Fmr. Senator Howard Denis  

County Officials: 
Frederick County Commissioner C. Paul Smith
Howard County Council Member Greg Fox
Anne Arundel County Clerk of the Court Bob Duckworth
Former Four Term Howard County Orphans Court Judge, Joyce Pope
Howard County Board of Education, Brian Meshkin
Fmr. Councilman Doug Riley

Other Notables: 
Fmr. Ambassador Robert Goodwin, Fmr. Sec of State Mary Kane, Hon. Boyd Rutherford, Catherine Grasso; President of Republican Women Leaders of Calvert County, Fmr. Candidate for Comptroller William Campbell


National Committeeman Louis Pope
National Committeewoman Joyce Terhes
Third Vice Chair Eric Grannon
Secretary John Wafer
Maryland Republican Party Treasurer Christopher Rosenthal
Fmr. Maryland Republican Party Chairman John Kane
Fmr. Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott
Fmr. Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chairman Chris Cavey
Fmr. Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chairman Chuck Gast
Fmr. Secretary Rex Reed
Fmr. Executive Director Kevin Igoe
Fmr. Maryland College Republicans Vice Chairwoman Emily Tocknell
County GOP Leadership:  
Baltimore City Republican Party Chairman Duane Shelton
Baltimore County Republican Party Chairman Steve Kolbe
Calvert County Republican Party Chairman Frank McCabe
Caroline County Republican Party Chairman Rob Willoughby
Caroline County Republican Party Vice Chairman Matthew Proud
Charles County Republican Party Chairman Kirk Bowie
Fmr. Charles County Republican Party Chair Charles Lollar
Frederick County Republican Party Chairwoman Mary Rolle
Garrett County Republican Party Chairwoman Brenda Butscher
Fmr. Garrett County Republican Party Chairman Brandon Butler
Howard County Republican Party Chairwoman Loretta Shields
Howard County Republican Party Vice Chairman Dave Myers
Fmr. Howard County Republican Party Chairman Brian Harlin
Fmr. Howard County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Laura Kittleman
Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapher
Queen Anne's County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Andi Morony
Talbot County Republican Party Chairman Nick Panuzio
Talbot County Republican Party Vice Chairwoman Denise Lovelady

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