Lee For Raskin

The Raskin campaign released a statement announcing the endorsement of State Senator Susan Lee of District 16.

“Jamie has been a remarkable partner in the Senate and I know he will be an incredibly respected and beloved leader in Congress,” said Senator Susan Lee. “Jamie has taken on all the hard fights and won them, building teamwork and coalitions. He has been my key ally on issues that affect women, families, seniors, and children. I’m honored and thrilled to support his campaign for Congress because we need someone in Washington who can represent all the different communities within this diverse district and communicate our shared vision with unsurpassed eloquence and effectiveness. I will be campaigning hard for Jamie Raskin!”

That makes three MoCo state senators endorsing Raskin: Lee, Rich Madaleno (D18) and Karen Montgomery (D14). Lee had formerly been reported as considering a run for Congress herself.

Hot Sheet

For those of us playing the home version of the game, things have gotten messy. So being spring, it’s time for a clean start with a fresh new scoresheet.


Declared and Running: Donna Edwards, Chris Van Hollen
Still Thinking About It: Elijah Cummings
Finally Actually Thinking About It: Dutch Ruppersberger
Probably Not This Time: John Sarbanes
Likes To Torture Bloggers With Conflicting Signals, But Also Likely Not Running: John Delaney


In: Anthony Brown, Dereck Davis*, Glenn Ivey, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Ingrid Turner*
Mulling It Over: Jay Walker
Rumored: Anthony Muse, Kris Valderrama

* Declared as candidates, but have yet to file with the FEC


Off to the Races: Kumar Barve, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Will Jawando, Jamie Raskin
Likely: Valerie Ervin, Kathleen Matthews
Still in the Conversation: Ariana Kelly, Susan Lee, Jeff Waldstreicher

Field Trip to the D-Trip

One of the many rituals that aspiring congressional candidates undertake is the visit to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), more commonly referred to as the D-Trip. Being here in MD, so close to DC, the pilgrimage is far less arduous than it is for candidates from, say, Nebraska, but it is part of the process. Candidates learn of potential staffers and other resources, and get a chance to make a favorable impression on the big poobahs of the party.

Within the past week, I am told by various sources, five of the six women on yesterday’s Dirty Dozen CD8 list have made the trip downtown: Valerie Ervin, Nancy Floreen, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Susan Lee and Kathleen Matthews.

And let us all say together: “Hmmmmmmm.”

Susan Lee - Ready to Run?

According to my sources, District 16 Senator Susan Lee may have been the last CD8 candidate to appear on the map, but she is moving fast. It appears she may be the next candidate formally into the race in the very near future.

Two candidates who started fast in terms of the conversation appear now to have cooled in their interests: District 16 Delegate Ariana Kelly and Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen. If either one has something she wants to say, I’m sure my readers would love to hear it. Hint. Nudge. Poke.

Another Candidate?

Another candidate in Congressional District 8?

Multiple minions report that Senator Susan Lee is considering the race. For those keeping score at home, that would be 3/4 of the District 16 delegation now pondering a congressional run. Delegates Ariana Kelly (8) and Bill Frick (6?) are already on the board. D16 delegation meetings should be a hoot if this keeps up.

Maybe Marc Korman can make it a perfecta? Don’t let us down, buddy. Go for it. Please?