Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Gianetti Jumps to the GOP

State Sen. John Gianetti (District 21) jumped to the Republicans today after being creamed in the Democratic primary by former Del. Jim Rosapepe. According to the unofficial primary results, Gianetti won just 39% of the vote in the primary, compared to 59% for Rosapepe, and lost both the Prince George's and Anne Arundel portions of the district. Gianetti has a terrible relationship with the sitting delegates who joined Rosapepe to form a slate challenging Gianetti in the primary.

Gianetti also had a reputation of being unusually conservative for a Prince George's County senator. Gianetti hopes to make a comeback in the general election. However, the Republicans who ran last time received around one-half of the votes of the Democratic winners and it's unclear if his primary supporters will stick with him in the general election.