The various camps among the Republican establishment appear to be forming in Maryland. The pre-ordained Presidential candidate front-runners have been signing up people throughout September, never mind that Maryland’s primary isn’t until April 3rd of next year.
On September 8th, the Mitt Romney camp reported its political team in Maryland as follows:
- State Senator Richard Colburn
- State Senator Joe Getty
- State Senator Allan Kittleman
- Delegate Kathryn Afzali
- Delegate John Cluster
- Delegate Addie Eckardt
- Delegate Donald Elliott
- Delegate Michael Hough
- Delegate Nic Kipke
- Delegate Steven Schuh
- Former United States Ambassador to New Zealand Robert Goodwin
- National Committeeman Louis Pope
- National Committeewoman Joyce Terhes
- 2010 Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Former Secretary of State Mary Kane
- Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman John Kane
- Former Maryland Republican Party Chairman Audrey Scott
- Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chris Cavey
- Former Maryland Republican Party First Vice Chair Chuck Gast
- Maryland Republican Party Treasurer Christopher Rosenthal
- Garrett County Republican Party Chairman Brenda Butcsher
- Howard County Republican Party Chairman Loretta Shields
- Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapher
- Frederick County Councilman Paul Smith
- Howard County Councilman Greg Fox
- State Central Committee Member – St. Mary’s County Mary Russell
That’s quite a crowd. We don’t know exactly who Governor Rick Perry picked up, but will know later who paid $2500 to attend a breakfast with the Texas governor this week in Baltimore. From the Washington Post political blog (here) we learned a few names of those who attended.
Former Governor Bob Ehrlich was there and it was his former money-man Dick Hug who organized the event. The Post blogger, Aaron Davis, implies that there were some surprise endorsements for Perry and suggests the two (maybe no longer front runners) are splitting the Republican Party honchos in Maryland, but doesn’t name them other than Ehrlich and Diana Waterman (Maryland GOP Vice Chair).
MD GOP Chairman Alex Mooney was at the breakfast, but is wisely staying out of the fray because we all know what happened when the MD GOP endorsed a candidate in the last race for governor BEFORE the voters had spoken in the primary.
By the way, the Post blog tells us that 50 people attended and Perry raked in $75,000. So, do the math, some people did not give the required $2500 per head. If all those who attended had paid (minus Mooney), it would have meant a $122,500 infusion of cash to Perry’s war chest, $47,500 more than he ultimately got.