Skip to comments.Another pitched GOP primary forming on the Eastern Shore
Posted on 06/10/2009 8:34:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
With freshman Rep. Frank Kratovils (D-Md.) conservative Eastern Shore district near the top of the Republican target list next year, Maryland state Sen. Andy Harris aims to avenge what turned out to be one of the most disappointing losses of 2008 for the GOP.
But he might not be alone.
Sources say state Sen. E.J. Pipkin is also leaning toward entering the primary for a second-straight cycle, and former state House Minority Leader Al Redmer told The Hill on Monday that he too could run against Harris.
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I hope this doesn’t turn into another circular firing squad.
It’ll only be a firing squad if a conservative wins. Otherwise it will be all wine and roses.
As long as they don’t slash and burn one another.
“While I certainly respect my opponents and their records and character, I feel I am the most qualified because of the following positions I support and my experiences in doing xyz”
If they stuck to that script they run a good campaign that puts principles first.
Now back to reality....
Harris lost solely because of the sour grapes and sabotage by Gilchrest. Pipkin is of little concern, but I’m not sure about Redmer. He left his leadership position back in 2003 and was Ehrlich’s Insurance Commissioner.
“Harris lost solely because of the sour grapes and sabotage by Gilchrest.”
Actually, that’s only part of the reason Andy Harris lost. Even more important was the fact that most Eastern Shore voters perceived Harris as an outsider (an interloper from Baltimore) who ran out one of their neighbors. The ‘Rat was one of their own, and one who shrewdly ran as a conservative law-and-order maverick.
Kratovil: Sides effects include constipation, dry mouth and loss of taxpayer funds.
I’m spoken before how much I dislike how rural folks don’t like to vote for suburbanites from the other side of the CD.
Yes, you have. Still, while Andy Harris may be a fine legislator, he’s not the right candidate for the upcoming election there.
We knew Harris would have a problem because of his location, but that alone wouldn’t have been the reason for his extremely narrow loss, and that blame rests solely on Gilchrest’s shoulders. It’s the same thing with Harri Anne Smith’s endorsement of the Dem in AL-2. Don’t like that you lost the primary ? Well, unless the person is the anti-Christ or a left-winger (not necessarily mutually exclusive), either graciously endorse or just shut up. Love & Harris would have us two seats closer to reclaiming the majority.
As for now, I don’t know who other than Harris should run for the seat. Pipkin is a RINO, so he’s out.
Harris would have obviously won, despite not being from the EC, had it not been for the crybaby RINO Gilchrest running interference; but if Harris was from the EC, not even Gilchrest’s general-election campaign against him could have stopped Harris from winning.
2010 will see much lower turnout than in presidential 2008, which should benefit a conservative such as Harris. There will be a lower turnout among black voters (there are quite a few of them in the EC) with Obama not on the ballot, and the GOP gubernatorial candidate (maybe Steele?) should do quite well in the district against O’Malley.
This another way the Pubs lose. For heaven’s sake. Pick the person who can actually win and stop killing off one another. The Fl. Chris Senate race is the same thing. Rubio is a good guy but will not win the primary or the general. Win for pete’s sake. How can the Pubs ever expect to make a comeback if they knock off one another while the Dems laugh and keep winning close elections even if they do cheat!!
RINO Gilchrest sabotage and the Libertarian who took 2% of the vote away, that’s how he lost.
State Senator Richard Colburn, who’s from the Eastern Shore, is thinking about running.
I don’t know anything about Colburn, but I like his residency. If he’s a conservative, I would probably support him, since he may be able to win the general more easily than Harris (who is a good candidate despite being from the “wrong side” of the estuary).
Because WHO can win is the bone of contention, and nominating a liberal will not accomplish a damn thing. I disagree on your points about Rubio, too.
There was a lady Delegate we were discussing some months ago, was this the district she was considering running in, or was it another in MD ?
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, yeah that’s this seat. She’s still listed as a possible candidate on Poltics1.
Steele run for Governor? I think he plans to remain RNC chair.
I hope Erlich runs again.