Normally I’d bow to the realities on the ground and write that as “Sen. Barbara Mikulski to retire?” – but what the heck. We got lucky in Maryland last year; I’m willing to spend a little of that on optimism gone mad. Anyway: “U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski will announce her retirement this morning in Baltimore, according to multiple sources… The Democrat will address the media at 11 a.m. in Fells Point, promising an “important announcement about her future plans.” No further details were available.”
This has been expected: Sen. Miklulski was either going to retire this term, or next one. I’m not going to lie: flipping this seat would be an uphill battle. On the bright side, nobody’s going to take the Republican candidate seriously until it’s too late… and, as Governor Larry Hogan can tell you, that can be a precious thing to have going for you. Guess we will, as they say, see.
PS: Basically two real choices on the Democratic side right now: former Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and current Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Former Governor Martin O’Malley would be on that list, but he’s still kind of running for President (or possibly Vice President?). Nobody else on the D side really pops into mind right now. As for the Rs… I dunno. Some of the county executives might do; ask me again in December.