Md. Democrats trumpet omission from Republican target list
Maryland Democrats are crowing about the state's omission from a list of 2010 targeted races in a Republican National Committee fundraising document that surfaced in recent days.
Neither Maryland's race for governor or a U.S. Senate seat made the cut in the PowerPoint presentation assembled for potential campaign donors and fundraisers that was left at a Florida hotel where the Republicans had gathered Feb. 18.
The document lists 16 "gubernatorial targets." Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is not among them.
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is widely expected to announce later this month that he is seeking a rematch with O'Malley.
"With Bob Ehrlich an all-but-announced candidate for governor, you would think he merits at least a mention?" the Maryland Democrats said in a news release. "I mean, he is a former governor, right?"
Nine U.S. Senate races are identified in the RNC document as "targets," with another five listed as "wild cards," including those of Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland did not make either the "targeted" or "wild card" list.
The RNC is headed, of course, by former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele, something the state Democrats highlight in their news release. In recent days, however, Steele has been trying to distance himself from the document, which was first reported by Politico and drew attention mostly for its caricatures of national Democrats.
President Obama was depicted as the Joker, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) were presented as Cruella de Vil and Scooby-Doo, respectively. The three Democratic leaders were gathered under the heading "The Evil Empire."
March 4, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner , Republican Party
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