State House Bid?

Mcdonough To Test Gop Run For Governor

August 13, 2009|By Laura Smitherman | Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com

The field of potential Republican gubernatorial candidates just got wider. Del. Patrick L. McDonough announced on conservative talk radio Wednesday morning that he plans to begin "testing the waters" to determine if he should launch a campaign to challenge Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, in November 2010. McDonough announced his interest on WCBM-AM.

McDonough said he would travel the state, speaking to groups and gauging how many supporters would sign up and how many donors would actually open their checkbooks. His effort does not include forming an exploratory committee at this point, and if former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich decides to jump into the race, McDonough said, he would drop out immediately.

"Governor O'Malley is weaker than most people suspect, and I belive he could be defeated," said McDonough, who represents Baltimore and Harford counties in the General Assembly. "There are just major issues in this state that I'm concerned about, and I don't see them being addressed."

McDonough said he would not only talk about state budget deficits but also "crime, drugs and gangs" and illegal immigration.

GOP circles have been watching for Ehrlich or some front-runner to emerge. The only Republican candidate to say he's definitely running is Mike Pappas, a construction attorney from Perry Hall.

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