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Former Md. GOP chair raising money for West Virginia race

Former Republican state Sen. Alex X. Mooney (Photo: Maryland State Archives)

Former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney, who resigned as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party in February, said Tuesday he had raised more than $100,000 for a congressional bid in West Virginia’s 2nd District.

The Republican, who represented parts of Frederick and Washington counties for more than a decade before leaving the Senate in 2011 to become chairman of the state GOP, said in February it was “time … to pursue other ventures.”

Mooney announced his candidacy in West Virginia on June 3. A campaign statement said the $100,000 had been raised since then.

“The enthusiastic response I have received from supporters in June since officially announcing my campaign has been very encouraging,” Mooney said in the statement. “People want a leader who will defend their conservative values.”

Mooney now lives in Berkeley County, W.Va. The Gazette reported in March that some Maryland Republicans were surprised Mooney would leave the state, but understood why after Maryland’s 6th Congressional District —  a potential Mooney target — was redrawn to include a large swath of Montgomery County, where most voters are Democrats.

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  1. Interesting rationalization by the GOP. Alex Moody is one of those classic lifelong politicos not unlike John Leopold in Anne Arundel County: Never held a job outside of Government (his stint in Washington with a lobbying effort and the GOP Chairmanship both effectively being public sector jobs).

    His time as Chair of the Md GOP was at best lacking if not a disaster. So when he sees no further opportunity to pedal his anti-government wares while in government what does he do? runs for another government job in another state!

    And what’s the GOP’s take on that? Not that Alex is just another bag of hot air, it’s that redistricting denied Alex his guaranteed government job.

    I wonder why the GOP is so unsuccessful in Maryland?