Maryland Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick), has drawn a Republican primary challenger in his home district who is trying to position himself to the right of the veteran lawmaker.
In announcing his candidacy, first-term Del. Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick) said that the district, which includes parts of Frederick and Carroll counties, deserves “a true conservative Republican, not O’Malley-lite,” a reference to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
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Sen. David R. Brinkley talks with a house delegate before the start of the State of the State address on Feb. 1, 2012, in Annapolis, Md.
Mike Pantelides has encountered friction over personnel changes and plans to cut spending.
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“To quote one of my heroes, President Ronald Reagan, ‘We need to be a party of bold colors, not pale pastels,’” said Hough, 34.
Brinkley, 54, who is in his second tour of duty as Republican leader and enjoys a good working relationship with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), downplayed the challenge in the June primary.
“It’s democracy in action,” Brinkley said. “I’m not going to vote for him.”
There is recent precedent for a successful GOP primary challenge in the Maryland Senate. In 2010, then-Del. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) ran to the right of long-serving Sen. Donald F. Munson (R-Washington) and prevailed.