Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Maryland, My Maryland

Anxious anxiously reports Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin to retire after 2024

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Monday announced plans to retire rather than seek a fourth term in the Senate.

Why it matters: Cardin's retirement announcement could spur a crowded Democratic primary in the solidly blue state, which hasn't had a Senate vacancy since 2016.

Driving the news: “I have run my last election and will not be on the ballot in 2024," Cardin, 79, said in a Monday statement, adding that "there is still much work to be done" before his term expires in January 2025.

Angela Alsobrooks
Of course, being solid blue state, thanks to Baltimore, and extended Washington DC metro area, I expect we can always do worse.

What we're watching: A large field of would-be Democratic successors could materialize. Cardin told the Baltimore Sun: “I know that people are interested. Let’s see who is prepared to do it. I am extremely confident we will hold the seat."

Prince George's County executive Angela Alsobrooks, Rep. David Trone and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, have been reported as potential candidates.

Raskin? Ugh, spare me. But what about the Republicans?

"Democrats are quickly realizing that the Senate won't be any fun for them when Republicans retake the majority in 2024," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Tate Mitchell said in a statement.

Former Gov. Larry Hogan – who, along with his lieutenant governor, is the only Republican to have won statewide office in Maryland in 20 years – is reportedly being courted to run but has long ruled out interest in seeking a Senate seat.

Does this mean he's still holding out for a presidential run? It's never going to work. He's a Republican who can win in Maryland, not the country at large.

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