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November 12, 2011

O'Donnell eyeing a run for the 5th CD

Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell told GOP delegates Saturday that he’s “considering” a challenge to U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat. The news was met with cheers by state Republicans gathered in at an Annapolis hotel for the party’s annual convention.

O’Donnell said that he’ll make his final decision within “weeks” and plans to continue his in his role of House Minority Leader if he decides to run. He said he started eyeing the race last week after Charles Lollar, who challenged Hoyer last year, announced he would not run again. Lollar lost in 2010 by 30 points.

Hoyer represents Maryland’s fifth congressional district, which includes southern Maryland. The district was largely unchanged in October when maps were redrawn and remains heavily Democratic. But O’Donnell thinks the poor economy mixed with voter anger will allow him an opening.

“This is a very volatile environment,” said O’Donnell.

Also, he noted that the 2012 ballot will likely include issues that would energize the state’s conservatives. Voters are set to weigh in on a controversial state law allowing tuition breaks for illegal immigrants at Maryland universities and colleges. And if the General Assembly legalizes same-sex marriage next year, that issue will also likely be on the ballot.
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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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