Yesterday, the Vail Spot reported that MD U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski may announce her retirement in a few days. I interned from Ms. Mikluski nearly two decades ago, and while I do not see her retiring this election cycle, the thought does bring up interesting scenarios for Republicans in Maryland this year.
Governor Martin O’Malley. Between a growing structural budget deficit, forced furlough days for state workers, and last week’s scolding of his constituents on national TV during the worst blizzard ever, the Teflon wanna be rock star governor may be facing a re-match with Robert L. Ehrlich.
A more interesting prospect could be that Ehrlich runs for the open Senate seat while another Republican, maybe State Delegate Patrick McDonough takes on O’Malley. Of course, O’Malley could make it really interesting by running for the Senate seat. In my opinion, that is not a stretch, O’Malley has always seen his time as MD Governor as a step in his goal of getting elected to national office.
If Mikulski does step down, the political merry-go-round may be in full swing in Maryland, where it stops will be very interesting…
Faculty, Department of Political Science, Towson University. Graduate from Liberty University Seminary.