Candidate for GOP lieutenant governor talks issues at peach fest

August 16, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION and JULIE GREENE
  • Michael M. Ryman, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Maryland, listens to attendees at the Leitersburg Peach Festival on Sunday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer,

LEITERSBURG -- Maryland lieutenant governor candidate Michael M. Ryman was campaigning at the Leitersburg Peach Festival on Sunday, emphasizing the importance of fighting waste in state government, bringing state spending under control, holding the line on taxes and helping small businesses.

Ryman is the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy, who was unable to attend the festival Sunday because of a personal issue, Ryman said.

Ryman worked the crowd at the festival as a group of people wearing Brian Murphy T-shirts walked with him.

A former U.S. Marine Corps officer and former FBI agent, Ryman said his emphasis in the campaign is law enforcement.

He said he is concentrating on waste and fraud in state government, issues he said resonate with people.

Ryman said he often asks people if they believe there is waste in state government.

"They start laughing and hands go up," said Ryman, 68, who has been living in Montgomery County, Md., for 28 years.


When asked how he will fight government waste, Ryman drew an analogy of how a mechanic finds a problem in a car. The mechanic examines the car thoroughly, even looking through the engine block for issues, he said.

Ryman said that's the approach he will take, "instead of going around and kicking the tires like most politicians do," Ryman said.

"The first thing you have to do is scrub all the programs," he said.

Ryman said he and Murphy are also concerned about immigration issues in the country and the need to bring state spending under control. Ryman said they have pledged not to raise taxes if they are elected.

"Signed it in blood," Ryman said of the pledge.

Ryman said he is also concerned about small businesses leaving the state.

On his website,, Murphy rails against the state's high taxes, deficit spending and anti-business environment, which he said have already destroyed hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Ryman said it's important to look at the state's tax structures to see what can be done to prevent more small businesses from leaving the state.

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