November 17, 2010

Wargotz considering bid for MDGOP chairman, decision by 12/2

By John Wagner

Add Eric Wargotz to the list of those considering a bid for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. Wargotz, this year's unsuccessful GOP Senate nominee (depicted here in a memorable TV ad), confirmed in an interview that he is "certainly considering" a run for chairman and said he will decide by Dec. 2 -- nine days in advance of a scheduled party vote.

"We need to change the mindset -- the idea that Republicans can't win here," said Wargotz, a member of the Queen Anne's County Board of Commissioners and a doctor. "I'm a physician. I believe there's a cure and a diagnosis for everything."

Wargotz lost on Nov. 2 to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D), 62 percent to 36 percent. Among other potential hopefuls for chairman, Mary Kane is currently the best-known. Kane, who was the running mate this year of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), said this week that she is pursuing the party leadership post once held by her husband, John Kane. SOURCE: Washington Post

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