Who is 15WestSt@gmail.com?

15WestSt@gmail.com is Andrew Langer

Immediately after the last Maryland GOP Executive Committee meeting an email went out to reporters, bloggers, and Republican officials from 15westst@gmail.com supporting embattled MDGOP Chairman Jim Pelura and attacking MDGOP 1st Vice-Chair Chris Cavey and candidate for governor Mike Pappas.

Until today 15WestSt was anonymous.

Numerous sources in Republican circles have confirmed Andrew Langer is the author of the email. The text of the email also echos much of what Andrew Langer has said to individuals around the state after the meeting.

Mr. Langer is a relatively new Maryland resident who works in DC and lives in Queen Anne’s County. He is actively involved in the Charles Lollar campaign (for who knows what now) and MDGOP Chairman Jim Pelura appointed Andrew Chairman of the MDGOP Commission on Environmental Solutions.

Why would Mr. Langer write this email? Well, he has long been a Pelura supporter, not necessarily because he thinks Jim is doing a good job, but because he sees his own influence directly attached to Jim remaining in office. Also, Mr. Langer views Chris Cavey and Chuck Gast as threats to his own future goals. Why would he attack Mike Pappas in the email, well at that time it was thought that Charles Lollar and Mike Pappas would be battling in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.

Much criticism has been leveled by Chairman Pelura supporters about the leaks to the press. It is interesting that one of his biggest supporters is one of the biggest leakers.

Here is the full text of the email sent by 15westst@gmail.com:

On Saturday the Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution of no confidence in Chairman Pelura by a vote of 20-10.

However there is not any immediate impact of the resolution. Pelura told the meeting he had no intention in resigning.

Under the by-laws, only a full vote of the entire state Central Committee at a convention can remove the Chairman, and a two-thirds vote is required. Counties representing a potential weighted vote of about 50% at a convention opposed the resolution, including Anne Arundel, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Wicomico and Worcester. The other counties and all the officers voted except Pelura for the resolution. Pelura did not vote.

The Committee rebuked candidate for Governor Mike Pappas on several occasions. Pappas was representing Baltimore County because Chris Cavey votes as First Vice Chair. First Pappas attempted to prevent Pelura from presiding at the meeting as Chairman. This effort was defeated. Later Pappas attempted to close off discussion, although Charles County Chairman Charles Lollar was attempting to be recognized. The Committee voted down the Pappas resolution and Lollar was given a chance to speak.

Repeated criticism was also directed at First Vice Chairman Chris Cavey for his press comments criticizing Pelura. Some members called on him to resign if Pelura remained as Chairman.