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Busch, Others Rush To Raise Money Before Session

In what aides say is a clear indication that he is seeking re-election, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) is holding a major fundraiser this morning with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as his special guest.

The event at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is among the annual crush of fundrasisers that lawmakers hold right before the General Assembly convenes. Fundraising is prohibited during the 90-day session, which starts Jan. 14 this year.

Busch's political future has not produced the same drama as that of his counterpart, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). Miller reversed course last year and said that he will seek another term. But there are ocassional rumblings in Annapolis that Busch may opt for more lucrative employment.

The fundraising should serve to tamp down that speculation. Tickets to the 8 a.m. breakfast are $500 for guests and $1,000 for hosts.

Other Democrats with fundraisers scheduled before the session starts James W. Gilchrest (D-Montgomery), Del. Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery), Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary's), Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) and Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery).

Republican lawmakers with fundraisers planned in coming days include Del. Tony McConkey (R-Anne Arundel), Del. Warren E. Miller (R-Howard), Sen. Richard F. Colburn (R-Dorchester), Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's) and Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County).

Harris, who lost the 1st Congressional District race in November, is holding a recpetion tonight billed as the "11th Annual Fall Fundraiser Bull Roast for his re-election to the Maryland Senate.

By John Wagner  |  January 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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