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Md. Democrats trumpet omission from Republican target list

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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."

By John Wagner  |  March 4, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
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If you read the original MDDem blog post they claimed that Michael Steele went through the document even though the Politico story reported he never saw it or attended the event.

Shouldn't that be reported as well?

Mark Newgent
Red Maryland

Posted by: marknewgent1 | March 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The entire PDF was posted online on the Post and the "wild cards" were indeed "wild." They actually think any Republican has a shot at Chuck Schumer's New York Senate seat? In what universe?

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 4, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

So why did the Democrats make two YouTube attack ads distorting Bob Ehrlich's record if he poses no threat to Martin O'Malley? I can't remember the last time a political party in Maryland launched attack ads against an undeclared possible opponent.

But like a loyal dog the Washington Post wags its tail each time the Maryland Democrats throw them a bone. The MD Dems press released the YouTube distortion ads and now they "trumpet [an] omission?" Sounds more like they're lackadaisical weather forecasters.

Let's give credit to the Democrats where credit is due. They are manipulating the letters to the editor, they have online posting 'rapid response teams', and they have talk radio teams:
If you give them anything, we have to give them their desire to distort, spin and alter the news cycle; this article is a testament to their success or to John Wagner's personal feelings (take your pick).

Posted by: h20andoil | March 4, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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