UPDATE: Rosen Withdraws From 1st District House Race

With Democrat Wendy Rosen out of the race, it is unknown who will oppose Republican Rep. Andy Harris in November.

UPDATE (3:36 p.m.)—Maryland's Democratic party said Monday that its 1st district Congressional candidate is out of the race following allegations of voter fraud. The area is currently represented by Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who ran in the primary race .

In a statement sent to The Washington Post, Cockeysville resident Wendy Rosen announced her withdrawal from the race. The state party announced , who in this April's primary, may have violated election law as far back as 2006.

In a letter to Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt, state chair Yvette Lewis wrote the party found Rosen had been registered to vote in Florida and Maryland "since at least 2006." The party found she had voted in the 2006 general election and 2008 primary in both states.

"We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation," Lewis wrote.

Lewis wrote that the party "has asked Ms. Rosen to withdraw her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives."

In an email obtained by DelmarvaNow.com, Rosen wrote to Lewis:

“Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make. ... The 1st Congressional District deserves a representative that champions their interests, votes for, not against job creation and builds a sustainable economy for agriculture, tourism and small businesses on ever main street from Pocomoke to Taneytown.”

Rosen could not be reached for comment.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, released a brief statement praising the Maryland Democratic Party's "swift and decisive action" after discovering Rosen's registration issues.

"The action taken today by the Maryland Democratic Party sends a clear message to Marylanders—we will not tolerate any violation of election laws," he said in the statement.

In a post on its blog, the state party said that under state law, the party will designate an alternate nominee, following a vote by the 1st district Democratic central committee.

However, it's unclear if they'll be able to do that. 

Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the Maryland Board of Elections, said the deadline for a candidate to remove his or her name from the ballot was Aug. 28. 

"Right now, we have yet to receive any paperwork as to the withdrawal" of Rosen, DeMarinis said, adding that ballots for the election have already been certified. "For our purposes, she is a candidate in the 1st congressional district."

Whoever is ultimately the Democratic nominee will face Harris, who holds a significant lead in organization and .

Former Democratic congressman had been considered a viable opponent to Harris in the 2012 election. Kratovil defeated Harris, then a state senator, to serve as a representative between 2009 and 2010. Harris defeated Kratovil in the .

Kratovil, however, announced in November that he would not be seeking reelection and was to the District Court for Queen Anne’s County.

The 1st district was officially redrawn in October 2011, including the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties. Pundits agreed that the new boundaries favored a Republican candidate.

Perry Hall Patch Editor Emily Kimball contributed to this report.

Josephine Hlatki September 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I was just about to say that, Hal. Ditto. Hot topics always have a tendency to get off track.
Josephine Hlatki September 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Why hasn't this story made FOX news...not local....Worldwide. Does someone have the # to call and get this running across the bottom of the screen? Better yet, get it on Hannity or O'Reilly, or get all of them talking about it.
Steve September 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
It not a documentary. It was scripted and poorly at that. It's all fabrications and lies.
Steve September 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM
"The director is an award winner" What award did he win? The "I Hate America" Award?? http://www.debbieschlussel.com/53513/2016-maker-dinesh-dsouza-is-islamopologist-said-america-deserved-911-hamas-cair-lecture-circuit-figure/
amdactivist September 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Geez Dora. I'd recommend you re-reading what I posted not just jump into the link..take a break you'll have heart failure. obama in his own words said he hadn't seen ayers since he was 8 years old. The link i sent you was what you probably seen.. no matter .. vote against your country and your family. Obama is a socialist. 47% on welfare..23 million unemployed 1 million a year foreclosures, $16 trillion in debt and climbing. Millions or more of our tax $$ to solyndra and then filed bankrupcy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solyndra.. obama took $716 BILLION FROM MEDICARE TO HELP FUND THE OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE that sucks.. shall i continue? Paul ryan's medicare plan is to save our next generations medicare. If something not done medicare will collapse by the next century.. Our children and grandchildren won't have it. Paul ryan and Romney wants to repeal obamacare. Make it more affordable. Ryan wants to add vouchers for seniors so they can choose what insurance company they want to use? They take these vouchers and shop with it.. Open up the market and not be stuck with the failing medicare as it is now? What's wrong with that? Listen to this and tell me its all wrong!! Even obama stumped.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1yTY2MciOk
Steve September 12, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Lyin' Ryan is going to do away with Medicare. That's his plan. Throw Grandma under a bus. Romney invented invented Romneycare the predecessor of Obamacare. He started it when he was Governor of Massachusetts.
amdactivist September 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM
steve i don't know where you get your info other then the mickey mouse club. i suggest you read any of these.. i sent you the magnificent reviews. what more you have beside name calling and fear.. http://www.google.com/search?q=director+of+2016&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7SUNA_en
Steve September 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
That doesn't say anything. "Magnificent reviews"?? I haven't seen any except from Rightwing Kook Sites. They are hardly unbiased
amdactivist September 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
steve which link is the right wing kook site. Biased? Yes you are!! Magnificent views? Absolutely.. Afraid to read it? Yes you are!! what is a right wing kook in your own words? Intelligence, sympathetic, knowledgeable?
amdactivist September 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM
josie.. its been all over the news. Even the liberal nbc hosted a couple sec segment. its a great story with magnificent reviews by all. No actors but real people.. forward to all your friends.. I also think it was on hannity and o'reilly.. not sure though..
Steve September 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM
D'nesh Desouza is the Far Rightwing version of the Left's Michael Moore. They produce propaganda to dupe the gullible. I guess in your case it worked.
amdactivist September 12, 2012 at 11:33 PM
steve, you have some serious issues.. kinda remind me of chris mathews.. read my lips.. DIRECTOR!!! the propaganda is for people like you .. people that will vote for idiots because they smell good or smile cute!!
Steve September 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
......or if they look like Mittens Romney with his dyed hair and Botox.
amdactivist September 13, 2012 at 09:27 AM
steve you remind me of a non voting illiterate moron democrat that is all nasty talk and no action.. i'm done with trying to explain to uneducated losers..
Steve September 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I am very well educated.....and I have not missed an election in my life.
Terminator September 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Steve, you haven't commented on Biden's hair plugs and Botox?
amdactivist September 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thats so not true Corey.. Ryan has been trying a long time before he became vp nomination to save medicare.. ask any democrat congress person.. They all love ryans' policies and budget ideas. Knowles democrat plugs ryan.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dbzpuqWo6yU . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1yTY2MciOk
Steve September 15, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Lyin' Ryan has been laying low. He stuck his foot in his mouth too many times.
amdactivist September 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Steve you wouldn't be half bad if you woke up in the morning and listened to the news.. Anything but msnbc/nbc/cnn.. FYi Ryan never layed low.. ask your democrat liberal politicians and the only one that sticks foot in mouth and leaves it there is you.. next time you post something stupid provide stupid link and not from sponge bob sites..Obama has been campaining since 2008.. when does he work? He plays golf and vacations more then anybody in office and hasn't stopped campaigning..
Steve September 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
LOL That's just another Fake News Fabrication. George Bush spent 1,020 days on vacation when he was in office. http://www.politicususa.com/obama-bush-vacation.html
amdactivist September 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thanks for your link. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office.. and how many years was bush in office and how many tips to hawaii and abroad vacations? http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_vacation_days_did_george_w_bush_take_while_president
Steve September 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
That averages out to 127.5 days a Year Bush spent on vacation. The average American works 250 days per year. No wonder he left the country in such sorry shape.
amdactivist September 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM
you are doomed to fail steve under the throne of your muslim welfare president. Feel sorry for you and especially your family who are doomed under obama..Keep being his bendover control puppet..
Bye Bye Romney September 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sheldon Adelson, Romney's uber-billionaire casino owner and financial backer, pledged to give Romney $100 million -- or "whatever it takes" -- to defeat Obama. Do you know why??? As Bill Clinton reminded us, sometimes the answer is as simple as arithmetic. So let's do the math: According to a new report from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Adelson will get $2 billion in tax savings from Romney in return for his support. And it will be paid for by every taxpayer reading this blog, so pass the word QUICKLY. If Obama wins, everyone pays their fair share of taxes...including Mr. Adelson! Tell me... WHICH ONE IS MORE FAIR FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES? WHICH ONE CAN YOU AFFORD? Americans cannot afford to live the Romney-Ryan lifestyle without having the same personal wealth. We can DREAM...but we know that it's not reality. Romney is still dreaming.
amdactivist September 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I have no doubt obama will win. The Bought media from Obama's chicago style tactics, lies and voter fraud will win obama election.. No doubt the 23 million unemployed will double in a few years. No doubt the high cost we all pay for food, gas, utilities, tolls etc will double.. One million foreclosures a year in our country will double. The result of socialism at its best. Full control. 47% are on welfare.. it will double because obama's supporters and chicago like thugs and GENERAL ELECTRIC the media guru has no problem pandering to obama for favors. Favors like GE who pays no taxes.. Favors like all the CEO's in auto and banking industry are now super rich. Favors like AARP's obama endorsements now has control of medicare... What saddens us is the fact that most obama supporters just aren't being told the truth. Obama says "lies win elections" and his supporters can't tell the difference between truth and lies and probably too illiterate or lazy to research..
amdactivist September 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coalition_casualties_in_Afghanistan isn't it amazing that under Obama clock more american soldiers died than bush's 8 years in office? Could it be because of the cut backs in our defense/military or could it be obama says can't shoot until your shot at policy?
FormerHCPSEmployee September 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I have a difficult time with this "fair share" horse puckey. What, exactly is a fair share? All these folks are spouting about fair share, but no one wants to define it. To me, a fair share means everyone pays the same as a percentage of their income. Call that a flat tax if you'd like, but that's fair share. I have a hard time with the "fair share" advocates because what they actually advocate is the rich paying MORE than their fair share because they make more.It's not about your "share," it's about your bottom line. These are the same people who would cap corporate profits if they could. Obama has said, "At some point you've made enough money." Really? I think we all have a right to know where you consider that point to be
Ella October 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Isn't it amazing how divided among party lines these comments are? Why do we have to be so hateful toward each other. Wendy Rosen is an awful person who should never ever have been in the race, but she was and now the residents of the 1st district get no say in their representation. That's a loss everyone should care about, no matter what party you side with.
Honeygo Hal October 08, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Ella, a write-in campaign is possible, but it would be difficult to win - especially in this district. I have asked Patch to post info on how to cast a write-in vote, and I did find a link from MD Elections site that helps. As the election draws near, I'm sure there will be threads about voting, and that info should appear. In the meantime, the bickering will continue - and I will likely be part of it.
John Doe October 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Ella - Did you see what you just wrote? "Why do we have to be so hateful toward each other. Wendy Rosen is an AWFUL person..." You are hypocrisy at its finest. You could have said she is not qualified.


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