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  •  Van Hollen will be speaker one day (3+ / 0-)
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    by glutz78 on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 06:28:32 AM PDT

    •  That would be great, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      I think he wants to be Senator from Maryland once Barb retires.

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      by wmtriallawyer on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 06:54:42 AM PDT

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      •  Barb won't retire soon (0+ / 0-)
        And when she does, there will be a multi-candidate primary including (some or all of) Martin O'Malley, Anthony Brown, Elijah Cummings, Doug Gansler, John Sarbanes and Van Hollen.

        My guess is that Chris would consider that to be too much of a risk.

        •  2016 (0+ / 0-)
          Sen. Barb will be in the Senate until at least 2016 when she'll be up for re-election again. At that point, she'll be 80 and will have been in the Senate for almost 30 years, plus an additional 10 when she was in the House, and 5 years on the Baltimore City Council before that. I would say it is highly likely this will be her last term, unless she wants to keep going until she's 86. If she wants to keep the seat, it's hers, nobody will primary here with any serious chance of winning. I think Martin O'Malley has his eye on it, and Mikulski could definitely play king-maker and annoint him as heir-apparent to her seat, as they have a long history togther. He'll be term-limited for governor in 2014, and he'll only be 53 if he wants to make a run for the seat in 2016.  
          •  MOM (0+ / 0-)

            has his eye on bigger things than the United States Senate come 2016.  Trust me.

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            by wmtriallawyer on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 12:33:36 PM PDT

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            •  I doubt it (0+ / 0-)

              He doesn't have the national clout to make a run for president in 2016, unless he makes a name for himself outside of Maryland in the next 4 years. I could see him as a VP candidate though, although he wouldn't do anything to help win MD's 10 electoral votes, they are already locked in Dem for the foreseeable future.

        •  Let's see... (0+ / 0-)

          O'Malley is running for President in 2016, if he wins re-election.  I don't think he will want to run for Senate...he's looking bigger.

          Brown? No idea what he is going to do at this point.

          I doubt Cummings runs for Senate. He's in a safe Congressional district that he absolutely loves. Plus, he'll be 65 at that point.

          Gansler? He'll probably be Governor at that point, no need for him to run.

          Sarbanes probably waits until Ben's seat opens up, because he is pretty young.

          Trust me.  Van Hollen is priming for a statewide run.  He takes ads out in our annual Democratic dinner program in Anne Arundel County...which he doesn't represent.

          The only reason you do that, and keep up appearances with activists across the state, is when you are looking to run statewide.

          I speak as a local party Chair, and have friends who work for, and have worked for, Van Hollen.  Trust me.  He wants that Senate seat.

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          by wmtriallawyer on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 12:39:21 PM PDT

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          •  Who knows what goes on in someone's head? (0+ / 0-)

            I'm still shocked that Ben Cardin ran for Senate in '06--and he probably wishes he hadn't; he'd be Chairman of Ways and Means now, a far more powerful position than a freshman Senator.

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