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December 14, 2011

O'Donnell to take on Hoyer

** Updated with MD Democratic Party response

Maryland's House Minority Leader Anthony O'Donnell made it official: He's definitely taking on U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer in the 2012 election.

"Frankly, I'm sickened by and exhausted from the attitude of so many politicians that our families can and should be the ones to sacrifice," says O'Donnell on an online video declaring his candidacy. "They don't seem to understand how hard it is to make ends meet these days. It is time for the government to make some sacrifices and pay attention to the people."

In the video, he rails against the stimulus plan and associates Hoyer with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying that their voting records are nearly identical. (The two Democratic politicians are in fact longtime rivals within the party.) 

Maryland's Democratic party shot back this afternoon with a statement describing O'Donnell as an "obstructionist tea party candidate" and noted that some within his own party have openly discussed challenging his leadership post. "Even his own party wants him out," said Matthew Verghese, a party spokesman in an email.

O'Donnell floated the idea of running for Congress last month, delighting a room full of state Republicans at the Maryland GOP convention with the news. He said that he would continue in his leadership post in the Maryland House of Delegates if he decided to challenge Hoyer.

O'Donnell represents Calvert and St. Mary's counties and was first elected to Maryland's General Assembly in 1994.

In the 2010 election O'Donnell's GOP caucus grew by six members, one of the few bright spots in an election year where Maryland Republicans were trounced at the top of the ticket. The body still remains overwhelmingly Democratic.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 12:00 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: 2012


It is so easy for Jacobs and O'Donnell to run in a state off year election. When they lose, they still have a job!

Very good Tim! I think we're all impressed with how you put those things together.

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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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