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  Republicans elect Edwards as minority leader in (Maryland) House
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ContributorU Ole Polecat 
Last EditedU Ole Polecat  Jun 18, 2003 10:27am
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News DateWednesday, June 18, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"Ending a contentious leadership struggle, Republicans in the Maryland House of Delegates elected by a two-vote margin Del. George C. Edwards as the next minority leader, bypassing a rival whose running mate supports abortion rights.
Edwards, of Garrett County, and his choice for minority whip, Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell of Southern Maryland, narrowly defeated a ticket headed by Del. A. Wade Kach of Baltimore County.

The campaign to lead 43 House Republicans was marked by accusations of mudslinging, including accusations that Kach's running mate, Del. Adelaide C. Eckardt, was unfit to become the minority whip because she supports abortion rights.

Candidates for minority leader teamed with a candidate for minority whip and they ran as a ticket. Eckardt, from the Eastern Shore, was Kach's choice for whip, the post responsible for rallying the caucus and hammering the opposition."
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