I guess we will all have to wait and see according to this report from the Baltimore Sun today. Hat tip: Jim
Del. Patrick McDonough, the conservative Baltimore County Republican who helped to lead the petition drive opposing the Maryland Dream Act, may be “taking a serious look” at a run for U.S. Senate in Maryland in an effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin next year.
Then again, maybe not.
In an unusually timed statement released Wednesday night, McDonough said he would either run for Senate or for the House of Representatives from the 2nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.
The determining factor: The state’s redistricting process.
“As you may know, I have been testing the waters for a possible campaign against Dutch Ruppersberger for a seat in the 2nd Congressional District,” the statement began. “Of course, the re-districting and the new district will not be revealed until October. At that time, if the 2nd Congressional District transforms from ‘uphill to impossible,’ my personal decision will become clear.
“I have decided that if the 2nd Congressional District is gerrymandered rendering it impossible to win, I will take a serious look at seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.”
Earlier, the Maryland blogger Brian Griffiths at Red Maryland had reported this piece of information:
Delegate Pat McDonough announced to his colleagues at the House Republican Caucus Meeting that he would be running for U.S. Senate in 2012.
You may remember that McDonough staffer Sue Payne hilariously attempted to disguise her voice when calling in to challenge Senate Candidate Daniel Bongino on the June 2nd episode of Red Maryland Radio, and continued her attack on Bongino’s record under her own name on the June 9th episode.….so at least we now know why that happened.
Another blogger at Red Maryland, Greg Kline, responded in disagreement with Griffiths’ assessment, here.
Meanwhile, Daniel Bongino is traveling the state meeting as many prospective supporters as possible. Last night he spoke at the Washington County Republican Club, gave an impressive speech, and answered questions displaying a wide knowledge of economic and social issues near and dear to conservatives’ hearts.
Update: A reader sent this Bongino ad—-it is pretty good.