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March 2, 2009

Will the Census save Frank Kratovil?

The folks over at Red Maryland bring up an interesting point today about Maryland's newest Congressman, Frank Kratovil.

The Eastern Shore Dem has been taking great pains since getting into office to telegraph his independence from his party's national leaders, sending out frequent press releases to highlight every time he so much as casts a skeptical glance up at Nancy Pelosi. Red Maryland's contention is that he's a spineless opportunist who's just trying to play moderate until after the 2010 Census and the 2012 redrawing of Congressional district lines. Their theory is that the Democrats in Annapolis will give him a safer district and then he'll drop back into the party's fold.

I don't know about all of that, but I do wonder whether Democrats will try to redraw the seats to make the 1st District safer for Kratovil. I don't see that as a sure thing. Every Democratic voter they give to Kratovil is one they take away from one of Maryland's other Democratic lawmakers, and they might not be so happy about that. In particular, the distircts that would be easiest to pilfer of Ds are the 2nd and the 3rd, represented by Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, respectively. There was enough grousing in 2002 about how many safe Democratic precincts were split from the 3rd to create a seat for Dutch; I can only imagine how tough it would be to convince two, more senior Democrats to give up reliable voters to shore up what is likely to be a marginal (at best) Democratic 1st District. Kratovil may well be on his own.

Posted by Andy Green at 1:19 PM | | Comments (2)


Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

I disagree with both Red Maryland and Andy Green.
Each and all Democrats in Maryland will win their respected SAFE seats from now until Kingdom come. It doesn't matter how the lines are drawn. Dutch and Frank are now joined at the hip. They took a trip to Iraq for a photo opt to prove it. When they came home, Frank changed his vote on the massive stimulus plan.
If only I could remind them this little stubborn fact.
Be careful what you wish for, because it may come true.
I may even vote for them because each and every day my family running out of money. No longer will I be able to pay my fair share via taxes, but it will be a great relief to know the Democrats will be there to take care of me.
All is going to be OK in Maryland as soon as the American Eagle's Right wing gets smashed.

The Democratic Party of Maryland will stop at nothing to consolidate their power and disenfranchise entire communities.

Don't believe me? Just take a look at the map of the 2nd congressional district.

Lord knows we couldn't keep reelecting Republicans!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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