Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Another Contender in the Ring

from The League: Reassembled

Allan Lichtman
Kweisi Mfume
A. Robert Kauffman
Lise Van Susteren
Ben Cardin
Kevin Zeese

Joshua B. Rales must think none of these six individuals will be able to represent Maryland in the US Senate because, earlier this week, he announced he is running for the job himself.

A Gazette report notes that "for the past decade, Rales has been a Republican." It is rumored he considered mounting a campaign against our other, non-retiring Senator, Barbara A. Mikulski, in last year's election. His campaign manager "said Rales ‘‘came back home” to the Democratic Party in 2004 after being alienated by the GOP’s social agenda," according to the Gazette story.

His fellow Republican buddies probably won't contribute heavily in any campaign opposing expected GOP nominee Michael Steele. And since there are five other declared Democrats already in the race, he may have a difficult time securing funds from the party's usual donors. So how in the hell is he going to finance a year-long campaign?

With $4 to $5 million out of his own pocket. In addition to being a former Republican, Rales is also a developer. A rich one. Rales has made millions as a real estate developer in Potomac.

Even with such a war chest, his candidacy is described as "a long shot" by Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball at UVA's Center for Politics.

And good thing its a long shot. We at The League are not apt to support Republican developers who are self-financing campaigns with money made off of urban sprawl. As if Marylanders need to hand over more power to developers. Unless Rales can offer a very unique and progressive vision for the future of our state and (we don't care about it as much, but) our country, he shouldn't be wasting our time.

from The League: Reassembled

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