Murphy to name Amedori as running mate
Former delegate gives up U.S. Senate bid to join ticket
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy is set to announce today that his running mate will be Carmen Amedori, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates who was a parole commission member until January.
"She's a very, very accomplished public servant, and I'm honored to have her on the ticket," Murphy said Wednesday.
"I had a short list (for a running mate), and as I got to know Carmen, I threw the list away," he added.
Amedori had announced in February she was going to run for the U.S. Senate in a bid to unseat four-term incumbent Barbara Mikulski (D) of Baltimore.
Amedori said she changed her mind after she heard Murphy speak, and was impressed with him.
In the Sept. 14 primary, Murphy will face former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who formally announced April 7 he was launching a bid to return to the governor's mansion.
"I went to a luncheon and the speaker was Governor Ehrlich and the basis of his speech was it was going to take a businessman to beat Martin O'Malley," Amedori said. "I was baffled by his comments. To my knowledge, Governor Ehrlich has never been a businessman. And it dawned on me he was talking about Brian Murphy."
Murphy, 33, of Chevy Chase worked for Constellation Energy and is the principal in an investment company, the Plimhimmon Group. Amedori, 54, lives in Westminster.
Ehrlich has not announced a running mate.
Murphy noted Amedori's high rating from Maryland Business for Responsive Government, which describes itself as a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization that works to improve Maryland's business climate.
"The issues in our prison systems are significant, and her experience is going to be vital to keep Marylanders safe," he said.
"She will complement me very well."
Amedori praised Murphy for being a conservative businessman who can put together a budget and build the economy for job growth. She called their campaign "a true conservative ticket."
"I've seen Brian talk, and when people hear his message and listen to his vision for the state to bring down unemployment and add jobs and get the economy back on track they love him," she said.