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George thought about resigning from House of Delegates

George, RonaldMFMF16Del. Ronald A. George, an Anne Arundel County Republican seeking the party’s nomination for governor, thought about resigning from the House of Delegates so he could spend the 90-day General Assembly session raising money for his campaign.

Maryland law prohibits legislators and statewide elected officials from fundraising during the annual legislative session. George said Friday that puts him at a disadvantage compared to Republican competitors David R. Craig, the Harford County Executive, and Charles Lollar, a businessman, neither of whom is covered by the prohibition.

The primary election was moved up next year to June 24, compressing some candidates’ fundraising schedule. It had historically been held in September.

George indicated it was possible he would resign before the session begins in January but called that scenario “unlikely” because of recent fundraising success and a sense of “responsibility” to those who elected him.

He also said he was unlikely to name a running mate until just before the legislative session, but said he was looking at roughly a half-dozen people for the job. Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, a Middle Shore Republican, was on his shortlist until she formally joined Craig’s camp this summer, George said.

The Republican hopeful joined a slew of candidates for statewide office in Ocean City this week, where the annual conference of the Maryland Association of Counties was being held.

With elected officials and lobbyists from around the state all gathered in one place, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Anthony G. Brown held a fundraiser and reception Thursday and Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat running for attorney general, also held a fundraiser.

George, Craig, Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat — all seeking to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley — were in attendance, as were attorney general candidates Cardin, Sen. Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery, and Del. C. William “Bill” Frick, D-Montgomery.