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White-knuckle adventures for Mikulski, Cardin

Mikulski.jpgSen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who is still recovering from an accident in which her ankle was broken in multiple places, got to the Capitol at 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a treacherous two-hour drive down I-95 from Baltimore.

Using a walker to trudge through the snow-covered steps, she arrived just in time for a key vote on a massive Pentagon spending bill and confessed later that both her recovering ankle and her own driving habits made it impossible for her to drive herself, relying on an aide to get her here.

"I would have been a public health hazard. I am not a snow driver," she said.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Ben Cardin.jpgHer fellow Baltimore-area senator, Benjamin Cardin (D), was lucky to have a chief of staff who lived nearby and had a farm truck.

Leaving Cardin's home at 5:30 am, the duo barreled around the Baltimore beltway and onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, encountering jack-knifed tractor trailers and other vehicles that were barely moving.

"Literally, the truck was moving at under five miles per hour," he said. "It really was, sort of, a white-knuckle drive."

Cardin's trip took about an hour and 40 minutes.

-- Paul Kane

By John Wagner  |  December 19, 2009; 10:55 PM ET
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Why does Maryland have both U.S. Senators who have been lifelong residents of the same local jurisdiction, Baltimore City? We also have 23 counties. Why not a Senator from Montgomery County or Prince Georges County, the two jursictions with the most votes?

Posted by: robinficker | December 20, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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