By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter
It was fear of a tea party Republican winning the race in Maryland’s District 4 that got Dan Rupli, an old Democratic war-horse, to accept his party’s pleas to get into the race.
Now that Delegate Michael Hough has beaten Sen. David Brinkley, the Senate minority leader, in conservative-minded District 4, Rupli and Hough will battle it out in the fall. Rupli, 71, practiced public interest law and formerly served as counsel to then-Gov. Parris Glendening.
With his Republican opponent selected, Rupli said he couldn’t stand idly by and watch a Tea Party Republican — the party faction Hough has been tied to — overtake the district.