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  Republican state lawmakers backing Harris over Gilchrest
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ContributorU Ole Polecat 
Last EditedU Ole Polecat  May 25, 2007 06:16am
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News DateFriday, May 25, 2007 12:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFive Republican state senators, the House of Delegates GOP leader and former Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s top fundraiser all are lining up to support Sen. Andy Harris’ bid to unseat Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, the nine-term congressman in the 1st Congressional District.

Gilchrest, a moderate Republican and Vietnam War veteran, has long had opposition from the conservative wing of his party, but his recent votes to join Democrats in setting a timetable for a pullout in Iraq have infuriated members of his party.

Del. Tony O’Donnell, Calvert, the House Republican leader and a Navy veteran, said he has long disagreed with Gilchrest on many issues. But when he was one of only two Republicans to oppose President Bush’s stand, “that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” O’Donnell said.
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