Carmen Amedori, 52, is a resident of Westminster and was a state delegate representing Carroll County from 1999 until 2004, when she was appointed to serve on the Maryland Parole Commission during the Ehrlich administration.
A Baltimore native and a graduate of Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), Amedori worked as a paralegal and journalist while raising two daughters before entering the world of politics. She was one of the few elected officials in Maryland who supported John McCain when he ran for president in 2000 and was an alternate delegate at that year's convention.
Amedori has agreed to write a blog this week for The Baltimore Sun about her experiences. Here's an excerpt from her online diary:
Delegates and the media are shuffling [into the lobby of the hotel Sunday]. Many are returning from a Catholic Mass at the St. Paul Cathedral, where they prayed for those in the South who need to flee their homes ahead of Hurricane Gustav.
My roommate, Anne McCarthy, a former candidate for Maryland comptroller, says she prayed really hard for the storm to take a different course, leaving Gulf Coast residents unharmed. ...
Del. Tony O'Donnell and I head back to Minneapolis for a premiere of the movie An American Carol, a satire on certain ultra-liberal documentary films.
The main character was a filmmaker named Michael Malone, who was associated with the liberal advocacy group "Mooveahead.org." It starred Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and many other high-profile conservative actors, with a guest appearance by Bill O'Reilly. The release date is Oct. 3, and I urge all to make it a blockbuster, sending the Hollywood elite a strong message on the possible unintended damage that can be inflicted by making films that strike to the heart of our servicemen and -women while at war.
Last week, a Maryland delegate to the Democratic convention blogged for The Baltimore Sun.