Monday, February 15, 2010

RUMOR: MIKULSKI TO RETIRE?


I want to clarify this by saying THIS IS A RUMOR. But the blog The Vail Spot posted this about an hour ago that was picked up by Instapundit:

I've just heard from an impeccable source that Barbara Mikulski, the Democratic Senator who is up for reelection this November, will choose to retire. Mrs. Mikulski is expected to make her formal announcement in the next few days. Mrs. Mikulski seriously fractured her right ankle last fall just prior to Edward M. Kennedy's death. Due to the severity of the fracture, she had to have open reduction surgery, that included the insertion of pins, as well as the use of special surgical boots, during recovery. She had tried to arrive in time for Mr. Kennedy's funeral but was turned away.
This is the first I've heard of anything leaning towards a Mikulski retirement. I wouldn't take it to the bank, but I wanted to bring it to the statewide conversation, because this would create a MAJOR change in the political environment and pretty much throw everything we know about statewide elections in 2010 out the window.

17 comments:

Michelle said...

I like the speculation on Babs. Her retirement will further clear the way for our most excellent candidate, Commissioner Dr. Eric Wargotz. A constitutional conservative and independently minded Reagan republican. He is superb and more than a cut above.
http://www.wargotzforussenate

Michelle said...

I like the speculation on Babs. Her retirement will further clear the way for our most excellent candidate, Commissioner Dr. Eric Wargotz. A constitutional conservative and independently minded Reagan republican. He is superb and more than a cut above.
http://www.wargotzforussenate

streiff said...

I don't know how significant it would be as in my view there really isn't a Republican who could credibly run for the seat. And by credible I mean someone who could conceivably break 40% in Montgomery County while running up big margins in the rest of the state (sans Baltimore City and PG County).

But getting rid of Mikulski would likely be a plus for the state and the country.

bud said...

Regardless of party affiliation, whoever occupies that seat after Mikulski will surely have more independence than her. She represents Reid/Obama first and Marylanders second.

If this rumor turns out true, I concur that the GOP would be at a disadvantage. Still, I wouldn't write them off. Of course, they'll need a better candidate than Bob Ehrlich or Andy Harris.

Look at Scott. In no time, he emerged as front-runner in a blue state. If the Republicans can find a blue collar, independent and likable guy, watch out.

streiff said...

I think saying Scott Brown came out of nowhere is not really accurate. He was elected to the Mass legislature in 1998. He was pretty well known statewide. I don't know that we, the GOP, have anyone who is well known and has any substantial level of charisma.

Alex Mooney, naturally, would be my choice but I don't know that he could win statewide.

bud said...

Outside of his Massachusetts Senate district, I doubt Scott Brown had much name recognition going in. Here in Maryland, I follow this stuff and I only know a handful of Senators/Delegates outside of the Anne Arundel County area.

While he has some drawbacks, I think Delegate Steve Schuh could fit the bill. He's a good looking, charismatic and likable guy.

Christine said...

Mikulski, Hoyer and Van Hollen need to be run out of Congress. They are party hacks and are more about the power than representing their constituents.

Christine said...

Mikulski, Hoyer & Van Hollen = the 3 Stooges.

thezman said...

Hmmm... This sounds like something coming from the Van Hollen camp. It is no secret that he wants a better gig and has been looking at the Mikulski seat.

Logically, from his perspective and maybe even the perspective of the democrats, it makes sense. There is no republican that can win this seat, other than Ehrlich. He is not interested. He will be less interested if Van Hollen is the opponent.

Van Hollen is Patches Kennedy with more ambition and fewer mental health issues. So, I conclude he is trying to immanentize the eschaton, so to speak.

www.modernreactionary.com

Eludius said...

No speculation that Elijah Cummings is interested in the seat? Not that I want him to be our Senator, but he is well known.

Rich Vail said...

Hello, I got this from a retired journalist (who was once upon a time, an SE regional AP editor) who now resides here in MD...and is deeply wired into the political scene. I've not been able to confirm it, but this source has NEVER, EVER given me bad info...so I've not had cause do doubt this.

I'm adding you to my blog roll, since I live in Pikesville near I695/I795 interchange...it's nice to see others who tint red...

Thanks for the hat tip.

Rich

jim said...

Mikulski or not, this could be a Blue State upset in this politically unpredictable year. Feels like 1994. 4 or 5 Senate GOP candidates already. No Babs means maybe more.
A long shot to watch is Corrogan Vaughn. Baltimore black with strong conservative (Tea Party) credentials who (unlike Steele) could actually swing enough black and independent votes to win the seat.
A conservative black US Senator from Maryland - now that's the Dems worst nightmare.

Duke hoops fan said...

"But getting rid of Mikulski would likely be a plus for the state and the country."

Just think, in addition to getting rid of someone who did not constantly sucked up to the unions and voted for every nanny state program to come down the pike we would not have to listen to her rants over the airwaves.

It's time to take out the trash.

Joanne said...

I was at the Montgomery County YR's debate last evening and Amedori was awesome. She is solid conservative who also has maintained her constituency from when she was elected to the House of Delegates. Born and raised in Baltimore City, she has family and friends who have family and friends across the state. Amedori is building a grassroots for this race.

streiff said...

If, as it now seems, this speculation was in error I hope Amedori is smart enough to not jump into this race.

AP said...

I attended the YR-sponsored debate in Gaithersburg on 2-16-10. All four candidates are acceptable to me in the general election. However, I thought that Jim Rutledge had the best presentation and won the debate. He stated that adherence to the constitution was vital. This would definetely be a huge change from Babs (who cares not about the constitution). As for Van Hollen, I hope that Marylanders have the common sense to not elect as US Senator a hard line Montgomery County socialist Democrat should these rumors prove true. God knows we've already had too much of that. It's up to us to prove that we don't need any more of it. With God's will we will prevail.

Michelle said...

So funny how things thing progress. Now the comments are about Montgomery County YR US Senate debate :) First a comment how "awesome" ex-delegate Ms. Amedori performed, then a comment countering regarding how Counselor Jim Rutledge gave a splendid performance. I was there too and oh well, you know where I stand. My favorite did just fine with his warm, confident, intelligent comfortable approach. I need not say anything more..the folks in the audience said it all.

Cheers, M

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