Inside the MDGOP Exec Board Meeting
I received (and I’m sure others did as well) an anonymous email message from the email account “firstname.lastname@example.org” regarding yesterday’s Maryland Republican Party Executive Board meeting. Since this jives with a lot of the things that I have already heard about yesterday’s meeting, I’ll repost it here completely unadulterated.
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.