Even as we consider the fallout of this election cycle, the field of Democrats seeking to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018 is set to start shaping up. Del. Maggie McIntosh said she is using the Democrats’ national defeat as motivation.
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Andy Harris, the much-mocked Congressman from the Eastern Shore (you remember his weird winks, right?), is in trouble.
If you’re a Maryland Democrat, you’re probably thinking about running for U.S. Senate this week. Barbara Mikulski’s decision to step down from her seat — and former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s subsequent decision not to run — has created a free-for-all among donkeys. We gave an initial rundown earlier this week, but here’s an update with a few new faces that have emerged.
Senator Barb is stepping down. On Monday morning in Fell’s Point, Barbara Mikulski announced she won’t seek another term as U.S. Senator in 2016. As it usually goes these days, the news was out before the announcement was made, and the conversation about who was going to replace her started while the mic was still hot. But before we move to the next news cycle, let’s take a moment to look at what Baltimore and Maryland will lose as the 78-year-old Mikulski ends her long, influential tenure in Washington:
Larry Hogan officially assumed office as Maryland’s governor on Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis. As he began his speech, snow was beginning to fall. The flakes gave Hogan an opening to set a tone of back-slapping defiance, from the moment he took the podium.
“They said it would be a cold day in hell before Maryland elected a Republican governor,” Hogan said. Robert Ehrlich, Jr., who left office as a Republican governor of Maryland eight years ago, left the podium just a few minutes before Hogan stepped up. But the message was clear.
On Election Day, Heather Mizeur doesn’t want your vote.
For better or for worse (probably worse) this Maryland Health Connection debacle has really given Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown a chance to show off his politician-y chops. And it’s clear that he’s got what it takes, assuming what it takes is an inability to answer any questions straightforwardly.
The embarrassing failure of Maryland’s own health care exchange website — which Brown oversaw — couldn’t have come at a less opportune time for the lieutenant governor. The thing is damaging in its own right, but it’s worse when you’ve got an opposing candidate looking for something he can trash you for at a rate of once a day.
But not only does Brown have to keep spouting positive but non-committal statements like, “Every day we get better at identifying the problems,” but he’s got to talk around another looming disappointment, namely the likelihood of failing to meet the promise made by Gov. Martin O’Malley that most of the site’s technical problems would be fixed by mid-December.
Yikes! Tuesday morning, Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler released a list of 41 Montgomery Co. politicians who endorsed his run. Unfortunately, two of those politicians, Del. Jeff Waldstreicher and Sen. Roger Manno, don’t actually endorse him. Waldstreicher has in fact endorsed Gansler’s main competition, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who Waldstreicher says “represents the same brand of progressive politics that I do.”
It was an honest mistake, apparently, and I guess it supports Gansler’s “outsider” persona. His measly
41 39 endorsements strike a huge contrast with Brown’s mile-long list. (Unfortunately, actually being the underdog — and not just striking an underdog pose — is a disadvantage by definition.)