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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 05:45 PM
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Businessman Brian Murphy enters GOP primary race for Md. governor
Brian Murphy, a political newcomer from Montgomery County, filed papers Friday for a long-shot bid for Maryland governor, casting himself as a Republican with more business acumen than Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. , who is seeking to win his old job back.

Murphy, a business investor, also unveiled his selection of a running mate: the better-known Carmen M. Amedori, a former state delegate from Carroll County who had been seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. While governor, Ehrlich plucked Amedori from the legislature to serve on the Parole Commission.

"We deserve a governor who's been in the private sector and knows how to run a business," Murphy said at a news conference outside the State House in Annapolis. "The policies of the past eight years are a fraud and a disgrace. People deserve something new."

His comments were a slap not only at the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Martin O'Malley but also at Ehrlich, whose term ended in early 2007. Amedori sounded a similar chord in her remarks, saying: "When you want to win, you sometimes have to change the players on the field."
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