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Mikulski to launch re-election bid Friday

Mikulski looks left.jpgSen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) will "officially" kick off her 2010 re-election bid on Friday with a statewide tour that lasts through the weekend, her campaign announced Wednesday.

The tour will take Maryland's senior senator to Baltimore and Allegany, Montgomery, Frederick, Prince George's and Washington counties. Along the way, Mikulski is scheduled to meet up with several of the state's other leading Democrats, including Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Mikulski's desire to seek another term has hardly been a secret. Last month, she hosted a gathering to celebrate the "grand opening" of her campaign headquarters in Baltimore, declaring: "When it's tough, it's time when the tough get going."

Mikulski, a senator since 1987, faces several little-known Republican challengers this year, including Eric Wargotz, a Queen Anne's County commissioner, and James B. Rutledge III, a Harford County lawyer.

One of the better-known GOP Senate hopefuls, Carmen Amedori, a former state delegate from Carroll County, dropped out of the race last week to join the Republican gubernatorial ticket of Brian Murphy, a businessman from Montgomery County.

By John Wagner  |  April 21, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Barbara Mikulski, Martin O'Malley, United States Senate  
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Boot all the old guard out come November, regardless of party.

Take back America from the special interests and their bought and paid for representatives.

Posted by: b1978367 | April 21, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

You mean that she's not going to cross the bridge and help out Kratovil get re-elected?

Posted by: arnieschwartz4 | April 21, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I won't be voting for her; she voted against creating a congressional deficit commission. Hopefully the Republicans will put up a moderate.

Posted by: mikem1 | April 21, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

This old hag needs to go, she cares more about illegal aliens than the law-abiding citizens of MD. Time to show this troll the door.

Posted by: savethepcbs | April 21, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Mikulski is practically a lock for the seat, seeing how she has served this state so well for over 25 years, not to mention the big advantage ANY Democrat over ANY Republican in this state by default.

@arnieschwartz4: She's definitely not the person to help out Kratovil. It's moderate and centrist backers (such as Gilchrist) that he needs. Out of all the battles facing Democrats in Maryland this year, his is easily the most challenging (but still winnable). He voted against Obama's healthcare plan, which I will entirely forgive, since he could have already kissed his seat goodbye if he didn't.

Posted by: TheMarylander | April 22, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

ho hum....another exciting close race.....not

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | April 22, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

The bay bridge wants the troll back. She's been gone too long, and hasn't done anything positive for Maryland.

Posted by: willtill | April 22, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Maryland learn a lesson about pandering to ILLEGALS? They kept their sanctuary attitude when Va. started getting tough and the ILLEGALS headed to Mikulskiville! Does she still want more ILLEGALS for Md. taxpayers to support?
Mikulski should team up with Harry Reid to help enlarge his CASA DEL ILLEGLAS in Nevada. Oh, silly me; she already is - In Md.

Posted by: TexRancher | April 22, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

This Motgomery County Democrat wants someone younger and more liberal.

Out with our incumbents.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | April 22, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

It sounds great to say throw out the incumbents, however, that only works if there is credible opposition. Last time I checked, there is no credible opposition to Mikulski. I would vote against her but there are no alternatives out there.

Posted by: VikingRider | April 22, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

She has already received endorsements from the Lullabye League and the Lollipop Guild. Congrats!

Posted by: CubsFan | April 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I've moved here from Texas a year ago, emailed her a half dozen times on issues like abortion, health care and govt. etc. When I did get a response it was irrelevant and condescending. Not sure who she works for but it's apparently not the residents.

Posted by: stanishr | April 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

How does Mikulski serve MD's residents well? Pork, pork, bacon, more pork - she's been buying votes for years. I believe our residents are served well when we have a representative in DC who will actually abide by the Constitution, leave domestic issues as much to the states as possible (unless the federal government has Constitutional authority to interfere), and deal with the exploding debt that the current administration seems to believe is not a problem. The spending is OUT OF CONTROL, and Mikulski is part of the problem. She's been in DC for over 30 years - there is no way on earth that she has not been corrupted by the power and influence. Time to go. I don't care who the Republican is - I'm voting for him. (It'll be either Rutledge, a conservative, or Wargotz, a moderate. I prefer Rutledge, as I think we need to return to some fiscal sanity and we need to be bold and realistic about dealing with the entitlements. The time is up for wishy-washy politicians.)

Posted by: bstanton55 | April 22, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Wargotz is the conservative we need. Has a record of fiscal conservatism, less government, and improving transparency in his home county. A man of integrity and principle.

Posted by: addictedtopolitics | April 25, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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