Taylor Stays Out of MD-4
Rarely does a state delegate put out a statement to announce he is not running for Congress.
But that's exactly what Montgomery County Del. Herman L. Taylor Jr. (D) did, indicating he will not file today to run in the Feb. 12 Democratic primary. Today is the last day candidates can jump into Congressional races.
Taylor has been the talk of Maryland's 4th Congressional District, which includes part of Montgomery and most of Prince George's, since he met with a group of Prince Georgians at a hotel last week to discuss the possibility of a run.
If he had jumped into the race, he would have been the most prominent challenger to eight-term incumbent Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), other than attorney Donna Edwards. And his potential candidacy was considered a possible headache for Edwards, who came within three points of beating Wynn in September 2006, in part because she received strong support in Taylor's delegate district.
Here's what Taylor had to say about his decision not to run:
"Over the past few months, a group of business leaders began an informal "Draft Herman Taylor for Congress" Committee. At the request of these friends and supporters, I met with them and considered whether to mount a campaign for the 4th Congressional District seat. I have come to the conclusion that there is insufficient time between now and the February 12th Primary Election to run the type of energetic, aggressive, high-visibility campaign that is characteristic of my efforts. It is an honor to serve the people of the 14th Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates. I will continue to devote all my energy to fulfilling the responsibilities for which I was elected."
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