The selection of two Republicans to serve on the Baltimore

County Board of Elections has rankled county Republican Party officials who say Gov. Martin O’Malley ignored the wishes of the local party.

The county Republican Party voted in November to oust Marge Neuman, a long-time board member, and replace her with Bruce Robinson, who was at the time a board alternate.

Neuman, long respected inside the county party, was the apparent victim of some intra-party squabbling in which central committee members turned against her in favor of another candidate.

The party was required to submit three names for O’Malley to consider. GOP party officials submitted Robinson as its top pick for the one regular board slot. Joseph Karey, who was the attorney to the election board, was the second name. The central committee rounded out its recommendations with Neuman, thinking that she would not be picked.

Read more on my Insider Politics blog at Patch.

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