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November 1, 2011

Garagiola jumps into Maryland's 6th District

Citing a "petty, partisan logjam in Washington" as part of the reason for his campaign, state Sen. Rob Garagiola announced his candidacy for Congress with a series of events Tuesday in Maryland's newly redrawn 6th District.

The Germantown lawmaker is the second high-profile Democrat to formally enter what could be among the most competitive House contests in the country next year -- and he is considered by many to be an early frontrunner in the still emerging Democratic field.

"So much of what we hear from Washington just doesn't sound right," Garagiola said in an address that was heavily critical of congressional Republicans. "Rather than focusing on our economy and jobs, this idealogical Congress has taken this country to the brink of economic disaster."

The seat is currently held by 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who has said he will seek reelection despite a new district that was drawn to include many more Democratic voters.

Though Garagiola is moving rapidly to secure support from state and national Democrats, there are a handful of potential primary challengers who could alter the landscape of the race, including former Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan and Chevy Chase commercial banker John Delaney.

A former member of the Montgomery County Council, Democrat Duchy Trachtenberg, was the first Democrat to enter the race.

During a four-stop swing through the district, Garagiola was shadowed by Robin Ficker, an attorney, former state lawmaker and sports heckler who is also running for the seat. The Republican held a tall two-by-four with a half dozen red signs hanging from it that read: "No gas tax hike."

In Annapolis, Garagiola had previously introduced a $471 million package of tax and fee increases that would have raised the state's gas tax by 10 cents. His support for the increase is likely to be a significant talking point for his critics, particularly in a district where many voters have long commutes to Washington for work.

"It's going to kill jobs," Ficker said of the possibility of an increased gas tax hike. "We can't stand silent."


Posted by John Fritze at 11:18 AM | | Comments (4)
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Rob has to point at Washington because he certainly can't point at his record of voting for and proposing tax hikes in Annapolis! If anyone is naive enough to take Rob Garagiola as bipartisan then I have some moon properties to sell them.

Another tax & spend (O'Malley drone). These Democrats have done just about everything possible to the hard working Maryland Taxpayer. 20% Sales Tax increase, alcohol tax, toll fee's, and soon to be upping the gas tax, increasing car registration fee and the emission test fraud. Now this clown rolls into Carroll County jabbering how he's on the side of the "taxpayer". Every registered voter in Carroll County should send him packing, back to Daddy Martin!

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Dave,

Just to let you know, the new Congressional District 6 does not go into Carroll County. You are either in Congressional District 1 or 8.

Here is a good place to see the new maps.

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/redistricting/2010/congDist.shtml

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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.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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