Thursday, September 28, 2006

Campaigns

Progressive Maryland and the Maryland NAACP confronted Rep. Bartlett in what seems like a rare show of grassroots activism in western Maryland yesterday. Although the Dem nominee Andrew Duck is a bit of a longshot, it makes it a bit more interesting and after Al Wynn’s recent near-defeat, anything is possible in the anti-incumbent mood of today.

Have you thought about Scott Rolle lately? He’s the ambitious Frederick County state's attorney who challenged Bartlett from the right for the western Maryland seat in Congress two years ago. Now Rolle is running a quixotic campaign for attorney general against Doug Gansler. No one gives Rolle much chance of actually winning, but I guess if it gets him back in the good graces of the Republican establishment (Ehrlich has been saying nice things about him and apparently Bartlett gave him several thousand earlier this year) by improving turnout in the more conservative counties in the west, then he’ll have smooth sailing when the 80 year old Bartlett decides to retire.

Many Maryland progressives have to sit with me in the corner because we largely sat out Donna Edwards' challenge to Al Wynn, thinking she wouldn't get close (even though we knew he was vulnerable). So, so as not to let this happen again, I thought I should look closely at the two Republican Members of Congress from Maryland -- Bartlett and Wayne Gilchrest from the Eastern Shore to decide whether Democrats should be focusing on helping their opponents before that November Tuesday. Anyone know anything interesting about the incumbents or their challengers?

8 Comments:

Blogger Mdman said...

I lived on the Eastern Shore for years. It was mostly represented by Republicans in the House (anyone remember Bob Bauman, the right winger who liked to pick up sailors and go have a good time with them?). There was a brief respite with Roy Dyson, a colorless guy if there ever was one, who took advantage of Bob B's troubles (he almost won that election, even after he moved out of his house and admitted his sexual orientation). Gilchrest is not a typical Republican and does not vote the party line. One would think that there would be a Democrat who could beat him, but there hasn't been one for a generation or two.

9/28/2006 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger MoCoPolitics said...

Didn't Tom McMillan, the former Maryland and NBA basketball player, represent the Eastern Shore for a while, before being beaten by Gilchrist? I'm pretty sure he did.

9/28/2006 09:54:00 PM  
Blogger Mdman said...

You, know, I think that McMillan might have represented the district, but I think that the district was configured differently, as I think he was from Anne Arundel County. I think he was districted out of his seat. I wish I knew, or could recall the reason for that. It seemed self-defeating for the Dems to allow that to happen, but what do I know?

9/28/2006 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger howie said...

McMillen represented the old 4th district, with most of AA and parts of PG and Howard in it. Schaefer had to redistrict for the 1992 campaign and he chose a map which broke up AA county into several districts and left Helen Bentley's second district protected. The Assembly favored gutting the 2nd and forcing Bentley to run against Gilchrist, but Schaefer protected his friend and his region over party.

McMillen was forced into Gilchrist's district and lost.

BTW, I think it would be easier to find a conservative Dem to run against Gilchrist than to find any Dem who could wing the sixth.

9/29/2006 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Mdman said...

I am almost talking with myself on this one, but I agree with Howie. My father was from Washington County and it is historically Republican. I grew up on the Upper Eastern Shore and it is traditionally Democratic, but votes Republican - more like the South (in many, many ways). My original plan was to run for office from there and eventually run for Congress from that district. That was when I was young and knew everything. Then I needed to get a job and moved away. Oh, well. The quality of the candidates from that area, from both parties, is woefully poor. I don't think the voters there would vote for a good candidate if that was there only choice. No slight to the wonderful people who live in that district, I have many friends and relatives there.

Thanks, Howie, for the historical update. I should have known it was Schaefer. I regret that I voted for him over Steve Sachs in the primary when he first ran for governor.

9/29/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger OnBackground said...

For more info on long-gone or even current pols, check out http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/MD/plindex.html

9/29/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger andy k in MD said...

Bartlett may not look vunerable, but before he held MD-06 it was in Democratic hands for over 30 years.

I blogged a bit about Andrew Duck and Rep. Bartlett today over @ kujanblog. Check it out.

9/29/2006 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

The national strategists over at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee think Duck has a chance. They are going to be directing more resources (primarily in the form of volunteers) towards the 6D race than have gone towards defeating Bartlett in the past.

10/02/2006 10:35:00 AM  

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