Monday, February 11, 2013

UPDATE: Dan Bongino Not Seeking Anne Arundel Executive Vacancy // Former Senate Candidate Still Running for Gov?

Earlier today Maryland Juice noted that supporters of Dan Bongino were lobbying for him to replace John Leopold as Anne Arundel County Executive. We published an email message that urged supporters of the former GOP Senate nominee to contact members of the Anne Arundel Council in support of Bongino.

But only three hours later, Bongino posted a message on his Facebook page indicating that he's not interested in serving as Anne Arundel County Executive (Hat tip: Red Maryland). Should we presume the message below means Bongino will be continuing his campaign for Governor?
Friends & Supporters,

Paula and I cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement, both during and after the election. Although the results were not what we intended, I am proud of what we accomplished and honored to remain in the fight.

I would like to update you on rumors you may have heard about my interest in the Anne Arundel County Executive position and the MDGOP Chairman position. I will not be seeking either position at this time, although I am extremely grateful to all of those who emailed and called in their support to a number of elected officials.

Regarding the decision making process for the vacant Anne Arundel County Executive position, I have chosen to disengage from a process that has become weighted towards insider politics. This County needs a reformer, not an insider, and any illusions otherwise are driven by a political agenda and not the sentiments of actual voters on the ground.

Regarding the MDGOP Chairmanship, although I respect the MDGOP Party infrastructure for their recent outreach initiatives and I feel the Party is headed in a better direction, I have chosen to take my platform and my commitment to a Maryland government that is citizen-centric, rather than insider-driven, to the people via a continued, robust grassroots effort.
Very Respectfully, 

More on the 2014 Governor's race soon!

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