MD Candidate Drops from Congressional Race Amidst Voter Fraud Allegations
Wendy Rosen, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland’s first district, withdrew from the race on Monday after it was alleged she had engaged in voter fraud.
State Democrats claimed records show Rosen voted in both Maryland and Florida during the 2006 general election and 2008's presidential primaries.
Yvette Lewis, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, said in a statement the party “took immediate and decisive action and demanded the withdrawal of Wendy Rosen as nominee for U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District after allegations of electoral law violations were brought to our attention.”
Lewis also submitted a letter to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt, urging them to “conduct a full investigation.”
"Any effort to corrupt or misuse the electoral process is reprehensible, wrong and must not be tolerated," Lewis said.
Rosen, who is running against first-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris, said in a statement she was “proud to serve as the Democratic Congressional Candidate of Maryland's 1st Congressional District for the last five months, so it is with great regret, and much sorrow that I must resign.”
"Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make," Rosen said.
Rosen had until Aug. 28 to get her name removed from the November ballot. Because she missed that deadline, her name will remain on the November 6 ballot, and Democrats will not be able to replace her with another nominee.