Thursday, October 27, 2005

Sarbanes Running for Congress

from The League: Reassembled

Sen. Paul Sarbanes will not seek re-election in 2006, but that doesn't mean his family hopes to cut ties with Washington. His son, John P. Sarbanes, announced his candidacy for the third Congressional district seat earlier today.

Sarbanes is a moderate Democrat who grew up and lives in Baltimore.

His campaign site gives fluffy position statements on issues including health care, education, and, (how controversial!) "understanding."

Sarbanes stands a reasonable shot at taking the seat. His father's decades in the Senate have garnered nearly universal name recognition. His place in the Baltimore legal community will come handy for fundraising.

He still faces some tough opponents. State Sen. Paula Hollinger represents Pikesville, a politically aware community that provides a large chunk of the third district's constitutency. Hollinger remains very popular in her state district 11 and could use that support to propel her to victory in the congressional race. Oz Bengur, another contender, enjoys close relationships with Democratic officials which have been developed during his term as the state party's treasurer. Peter Beilenson and Neil Quinter are also in the race, but The League wouldn't put our sheckels on either of 'em.

Welcome to the race John.

from The League: Reassembled

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