State Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley and House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell are co-chairmen of Fred Thompson's presidential campaign in Maryland, according to a statement released yesterday by the campaign.
Their endorsements of the former Law and Order star, also a one-time Tennessee senator, represent a break with former Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who has endorsed former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's bid. Ehrlich, still the state's leading Republican figure, is raising money for Giuliani in Maryland and traveled to New Hampshire to stump for him.
Thompson "is the mainstream conservative in this race, and I think he has a very solid record that has not evolved over time but is very consistent," O'Donnell said. "And maybe even more important than that, I think he has great communication skills, and I think that is very important when one aspires to be president of the United States."
Meanwhile, Chris Cavey, who has served as chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Party since 2003, will serve as state coordinator.
"We are thrilled to have three prominent Maryland Republican leaders heading our organization in the state," Randy Enwright, Thompson's national political director said in a statement. "Senator Brinkley, Delegate O'Donnell and Chris Cavey's combined experience and knowledge of Maryland-specific issues are a great foundation for our growing Maryland operation."
School laptops win praise
Talbot County schools have earned praise for providing laptop computers to high school students.
The latest review by the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education says the program met and exceeded all of its goals during its second year. The program is now beginning a third year, and every county student in Grades 9 through 11 now has a laptop.
The review says the laptop program has created an innovative learning community that is changing the lives of students and the way they learn.