Michael Peroutka, who previously had planned to run for Maryland Attorney General before he backed out, is now running for two local offices simultaneously. Peroutka filed to run for Anne Arundel County Council in District 5 as a Republican (Dick Ladd also filed in that primary.) He also filed to run for the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee. Additionally, Peroutka associate David Whitney is running for District 5 as a Democrat and also is running for the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee.
My piece on Peroutka not running for Attorney General caused a firestorm of online comments and debate. Peroutka had his defenders and detractors, with Mark Newgent and Walter Olson being the most prominent detractors of Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution. Peroutka associate John Lofton debated Newgent and Olson in the comments and elsewhere online.
One observer in Anne Arundel County told me his opinion on the Peroutka and Whitney candidacies:
It stinks to high heaven. It sounds like a rotten deal made by folks who have a hidden agenda and wish to foist their theocratic worldviews on an unsuspecting populace
Jeffrey Pritzker ultimately filed for the race Peroutka backed out of.
Peroutka, who ran for President in 2004, is now running for county council and central committee after passing on the bid for attorney general. I understand his primary opponent in the council race, Dick Ladd, is a big supporter of the rain tax.
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