Michael Swartz, Maryland blogger extraordinaire from Wicomico County tells us today at Monoblogue that the Rule 11 controversy of last spring is back. Readers may recall that Rule 11 prohibits the RNC from giving money to a Republican contender before a primary if there is competition for the seat. Last year the whole issue blew-up big time when Rule 11 was waived in favor of the ultimately failed candidacy of Bob Ehrlich although businessman Brian Murphy had filed (before Ehrlich even) to run as the Republican candidate for Governor.
Those of us critical of the MD GOP and its leader at the time, Audrey Scott, maintained that Republican voters should decide in the primary who our candidate should be. And, by the way, the RNC (Michael Steele!) and establishment Republicans tried the same trick in Florida and failed. As a result, thank goodness, we have Senator Marco Rubio today representing Florida and not ‘Independent’ Charlie Crist. (See ‘Audrey Scott, you are no Sharon Day’ here).
For a review, here is one of my earliest posts last summer on the Rule 11 controversy that tore the MD GOP apart and frankly, in my view, kept the MD GOP from a better showing in the final governor’s race.
Please read Michael’s post, and get ready for ‘fun’ in Ocean City beginning tomorrow!
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