Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010 GOP Hopefuls: Carmen Amedori

In 2010, the Republicans need a solid candidate to take on Barbara Mikulski. Why? The incumbent Senator has a) been in office for too long and has lost touch with her constituents; b) needs to be stopped for earmarking funds to top campaign contributors. Who can stop Mikulski? Previously, I had profiled Queen's Anne County Commissioner, Dr. Eric Wargotz. Recently, a new challenger has arrived - former member of the Maryland House of Delegates Carmen Amedori.

Amedori served from 1999 until 2004 in the Maryland House of Delegates. She served on the Judiciary Committee in the House of Delegates and served as Deputy Minority Whip (2002), then as Assistant Minority Leader (2003). In 2004, then Governor Bob Ehrlich appointed Amedori to the Maryland Parole Commission (MPC). The MPC oversees matters pertaining to parole release and when appointed, Amedori becamse the first Republican to serve in 36 years. Her term expired at the end of 2009 and O'Malley did not reappoint her as far as I know. Prior to her political experience, Amedori was a paralegal and a reporter for the Baltimore Sun.

2004 was her last year in the House of Delegates, so the last round of bills she sponsored could give an interesting picture into where her political views lie. The first thing that pops out is her tough attitude on crime and her support of the right to defend your property. She also supports pro-life legislation. She also supported tort reform, gun rights, a ban on human cloning, and localized education control. All in all, this shows a decidedly conservative record on support of legislation.

NewsMeat has very few details on Amedori's donation history - only noting a donation to McCain in 2008 and the Maryland GOP. Monoblogue pointed out Amedori's lifetime rating from the Maryland Accountability Project, an independent conservative group, was 66. In comparison to her compatriots in the House of Delegates, Monoblogue states that "...put her among the top 10 conservatives in the House during the time."

In the end, Amedori sounds like a conservative, Republican candidate. Can she run the right kind of campaign to defeat Mikulski? Only time will tell on that. She currently does not have an active, official website - but she is becoming active on Twitter if you would like to know more. I know that I would.

10 comments:

Amedori4Senate said...

You paint a good picture of the Carmen Amedori I know. She is a strong conservative, she will be the one to beat Mikulski. Amedori has the drive to bring her values and campaign proposals to life!

onelovveonelife said...

oh! I didnt realize Carmen's online presence was under amedori4senate. Guess great minds think alike... I'll reconfigure my username. I won't ask her to change hers!

Matt said...

Carmen Amedori is exactly what the State of Maryland needs. She is a sound conservative voice in a State where that is desperately needed. Barbara Mikulski has done nothing to stop the runaway spending. She was irresponsible enough to vote for that atrocity of a health care bill. Senator Mikulski needs to be shown the door. If you look at Carmen Amedori's voting record, she is right on with what we need. I know who I'll be voting for.

Les said...

I appreciate the post on this candidate. Sen. Mikulski has been terrible on so many fronts and in there for over 30 years. I have welcomed the opportunity to follow this race so far and feel Dr. Eric Wargotz represents the new breed of conservative, independent Republican patriot we need to best challenge Mikulski http://www.wargotzforussenate.org Not recycled state officials. Just my take.

David said...

Amedori will put a conservative touch on legislation. As a former member of the House of Delegates, she has legislative experience. She is a grass roots campaigner and will serve the conservative cause. She is definitely not a RINO.

Anonymous said...

how nieve can republicans be to think that the MOST LIBERAL state in the union is going to elected someone running as a conservative?...we need a GOP'er who can run a strong campaign and raise tons of money

we must walk before we run, and that's why we need a candidate who can run as a moderate (conservatives,such as myself, have to agree that it is a step in the Right direction - away from Big Mama - and that it is the only step that we have any chance at making in this state at this time)...let's please be realistic and give room for such a candidate to step in

Michelle said...

Anonymous -
I understand what you're saying and I know it's the conventional way of thinking, that is, only a moderate Republican can win in a heavily Democratic state. However, I read recently that when you compare "conservatives" to "liberals" in MD, the conservatives have a +9 advantage. Surprising, I know! In a mid-term election, with Democrat and liberal favorabilities dropping like crazy, this may be the situation in which running as a "conservative" will work. Truthfully, I know many people who will not vote for a moderate. We have to remember how much momentum and energy you lose on the conservative side when you run a moderate - that needs to be weighed as well. In my opinion, we may as well go for broke in MD, and just work like crazy to get a real conservative in there. At least, during the campaign they can effectively argue our positions and educate anyone willing to listen. For that reason, while I appreciate Ms. Amedori's conservative credentials, my preferred candidate is Jim Rutledge, a citizen legislator who I believe best articulates a Constitutional, conservative message of limited government. His campaign has been refreshingly bold in standing for principle, and I appreciate that greatly.

Michelle said...

Just wanted to clarify - A key to understanding the poll I mentioned is that while MD is a heavily Democratic state, many of those Democrats classify themselves as "conservative", and are increasingly dissatisfied with Mikulski. I've talked to many that have said this. Just wanted to add that...

Steve said...

Not certain whether Carmen is in or out of the US Senate race. Been awhile since your last post, would like to introduce myself Stephens Dempsey, American Constitutionalist running as a Republican for US Senate.

American Constitutionalist philosophy crosses party lines, the Democratic leadership is not ready for it but many of the Democratic supporters are ready. Republicans are ready for the change.

To keep it simple the battle is the Constitution and any other battleground chosen pushing (D vs. R or C vs. L) by my opponents will not beat Mikulski.

Looking to Realign America's Political Spine, by Reenergizing the Constitutional Spirit, please check out my platform on www.dempsey4ussenate.com.

Blessings to you and all that read this!

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