Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sen. Kittleman Steps Down

In what some observers called "news to me" Senator Alan Kittleman says he will step down as Republican Minority leader in the Maryland Senate. The decision comes as he prepares to sponsor legislation recognizing civil unions of same sex couples.

It poses a particular problem in a Republican Caucus which has fewer numbers and is trying to stay true to its base. According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Senator Kittleman would rather stay true to his principles. Such litmus test have posed problems for members of the GOP.

By example last year Senator David Brinkley help co sponsor legislation that would legalize marijuana usage for chronic pain suffers. Maryland has often had members of the GOP not following party purity. You can go all the way back to Sen. "Mac" Mathias.

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