Pelura lost and got a promotion, seriously

For those politicos in the state living under a rock, the MDGOP Chairman, Jim Pelura, has received a no confidence vote from the party’s Executive Committee. While this is not a binding vote it does show that the leadership has little faith in him.

I don’t want to get into the issue of who is right or wrong. I want to point out an interesting fact that I think many people have forgotten but is extremely relevant right now.

In 2006 Jim Pelura lost a race to serve on the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee. The winner received more than twice the number of votes Pelura received. Note that Pelura actually came in third behind now MDGOP 2nd Vice Chair Chuck Gast who also lost his bid for Central Committee.

After being rejected by his fellow Republicans in his home county what did Pelura do? He ran for Chairman of the party and Republican leaders decided to elect him. The real reason Pelura won is because Louis Pope pulled out because he didn’t want to lose his cushie National Committeeman spot but the fact remains they elected a guy who couldn’t even win in his own county. Now Republican leaders are wondering why the party is floundering. Hello, you elected a loser – literally.

If the guy can’t even win a central committee race where only Republicans are voting, how in the world can Republicans trust him to run a successfully statewide multi-level campaign operation in 2010?

There is an old saying (or maybe it’s fortune cookie wisdom) that goes like this, “If you want others to take you seriously, you must first take yourself seriously”

Here is a hint for Republicans in 2010: Take yourselves seriously and don’t trust a guy who lost his own campaign.

For those who want the documentation of his loss, visit this Anne Arundel County Board of Elections site here click on the 2006 Primary Results and view pages 233-236.

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3 Responses

  1. Again and again we have heard the same tired re-frame – “Jim Pelura cannot raise money.” Say it enough times, you might just believe it.

    Let’s look at the combined record for 2007 & 2008.

    First, how do the State Republicans compare with the Maryland Democrats?

    State Republican Party

    Number of registered Republicans 909,000

    Total contribution amount is $864,875.72

    Average per registered Republican 95 cents

    Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland

    Number of registered Democrat 1,942,000

    Total contribution amount is $1,907,259.56

    Average per registered Democrat: 98 cents

    Can this be? Are the State Republican Party is raising the same amount, relative to registration, as the Democrats? 98 cents vs. 95 cents? Seems to be the case.

    Next let’s look at how the Republican State Party is doing compared with the counties, starting with principal Pelura critic Chris Cavey’s Baltimore County:

    Baltimore County Republican Central Committee –

    Number of registered Republicans 127,000

    Total contribution amount is $88,512.74

    Average per registered Republican 70 cents

    Let’s see how other Republican Central Committees do compared to Baltimore County:

    Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee

    Number of registered Republicans 117,000

    Total contribution amount is $72,660.92

    Average per registered Republican 61 cents

    Carroll County Republican Central Committee

    Number of registered Republicans 53,000

    Total contribution amount is $56,582.47

    Average per registered Republican $1.05

    Charles County Central Committee

    Number of registered Republican – 25,000

    Total contribution amount is $21,222.10

    Average per registered Republican 84 cents.

    Frederick County Republican Central Committee

    Number of registered Republicans 56,000

    Total contribution amount is $35,324.00

    Average per registered Republican 61 cents.

    Harford County Republican Central Committee

    Number of registered Republicans 61,000

    Total contribution amount is $75,768.64

    Average per registered Republican $1.22

    Howard County Republican Central Committee

    Number of registered Republican – 54,000

    Total contribution amount is $108,377.17

    Average per registered Republican: $2.00

    Montgomery County Republican Central Committee

    Number of Registered Republicans 123,000

    Total contribution amount is $169,561.16

    Average per registered Republican $1.37

    Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee

    Number of Registered Republicans 47,0000

    Total contribution amount is $43,898.99

    Average per registered Republican 91 cents

    Draw you own conclusions.

    Maryland State Board of Elections Database

    http://www.mdelections.org/campaign-finance/party

    Registration numbers:

    http://www.elections.state.md.us/pdf/vrar/2009_06.pdf

    (thanks to Joe Steffen, aka “The Prince of Darkness,” discussion thread http://darknessrising-steffen.blogspot.com/2009/07/not-ready-for-prime-time-chairman.html is deserved for bringing this to my attention. Thank you Joe. )

    • First, I note the same author as the post attacking Pelura and Andrew Langer. Perhaps the name of this blog should be changed to “IHateJimPelura.com”

      I’m no Pelura fan, but get real. MDGOP will never be a serious contender until they restructure the party along the lines of Congressional Districts and reward district that ELECT Republicans. Of course, that would mean the big fish-little pond guys won’t get to hold all of the top spots. Obviously that’s what this is about.

      Second, West Street needs to learn a little math. By his (her?) calculations, MDGOP is doing just fine but will NEVER win many elections because we have small registration numbers and should only seek parity.

      While a Maryland native, I guess that I was spoiled growing up in Virginia. We had no party registration and had to scrap for every dollar we got.

      • GA – thanks for stopping by.

        I don’t hate Jim, just don’t think he is capable of leading the MDGOP. We need new leadership. I agree that we definitely need to restructure the MDGOP.

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