TAMPA, Fla. -- Maryland's delegation to the
Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is staying at the same
He is also scheduled to speak to the delegation Thursday.
To say deep blue Maryland doesn't receive the perks that other states enjoy at Republican conventions is an understatement. More competitive states land top surrogates from the
But in some ways, Maryland Republicans have done fairly well here. After years of being stuck in the back on conventions floors, this year's delegation will sit close to the stage at the
Most Republicans attending the convention from Maryland credit the connections of Louis Pope, the state's national committeeman, for the access they have received. Pope is a longtime Republican National Committee official and he serves as vice chair of the convention's powerful rules committee.
Norquist, whose spokesman did not return calls seeking comment, has been active in Maryland politics lately, even though his main focus is on pushing Republicans nationally to pledge allegiance to a zero-tolerance policy on new or increased taxes -- a position that makes him a top enemy of the left.