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Taylor Stays Out of MD-4

Rosalind Helderman

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."

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 3, 2007; 4:26 PM ET
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O.K. Herman, now that you have decided not to run, suppose you had and that you had been elected to Congress. Who should have chosen your successor in the House of Delegates. I bet you constituents would say they should have. But under existing law, the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, nearly all of whom do not live in District 14 would have chosen your successor in the House of Delegates by a majority vote.

So far in Montgomery County we have had the equivalent of a state legislative district become open seats since the election of November 2006. One state senator and three delegates. More than one ran for reelection knowing that they would not serve more than a few months, until the end of the first of four regular sessions of the term to which they were elected by the voters. Maryland's Democratic Primary is February 12. Herman, would you support a bill to require that legislative seats that become vacant before the Presidential Primary be filled in that primary although they could be temporarily filled before that? In short, Herman, would you put the people before party?

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | December 3, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The first of many disappointments for Al Wynn this election cycle.

Posted by: PG'er | December 4, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Brin | December 4, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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