It is likely, in 2002, that the Repugnican Party in Maryland could find few blacks wearing a Republican name tag.
And that may be why the Maryland Republican Party paid Michael S. Steele, the new RNC Chairman, $5,000 per month to run "as gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s running mate."
Oh, the Repugs called the $5 grand a month a "consulting fee."
But, saith Steele at the time, the consulting fee was not a "condition of his candidacy." Because he was chair of the Maryland Republican Party, the "deal [was] a way to continue working on party issues while he [campaigned]."
Or, maybe, just maybe, it was like a spokesman for the Democratic Party said: "It looks to me like they've hired themselves a candidate."
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