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Maryland Notebook

Maryland Notebook -- July 30, 2009

Maryland GOP Chairman James Pelura, right, and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold at last year's Republican National Convention.
Maryland GOP Chairman James Pelura, right, and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold at last year's Republican National Convention. (By Susan Walsh -- Associated Press)
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By Maryland Notebook
Thursday, July 30, 2009

Say what you will about embattled Maryland Republican Party Chairman James Pelura, but he certainly seems to be trying to raise money.

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A little more than a week ago, Pelura made a frank admission in a fundraising solicitation, writing: "Our Party is broke, and we need your help."

The latest letter to come our way has Pelura asking for money to support next year's Republican General Assembly candidates, saying help is needed to stem "the disastrous socialism of the Maryland Democrats."

Pelura warns that the state's Democratic governor could be reelected, writing: "If Martin O'Malley wins a second term with support from large liberal majorities in the State Capitol, it will only get worse -- more taxes, more spending, more government control. These people simply cannot be trusted with so much power."

Republicans hold 14 of 47 Senate seats and 36 of 141 House seats. Pelura says he is seeking "massive gains."

His missives comes as Pelura clings to power at GOP headquarters. He has refused to resign despite a no-confidence vote by the party's executive committee this month. In the first fundraising letter, Pelura said he takes responsibility for a dip in GOP registration in the state.

-- JOHN WAGNER

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