Skip to comments.This Md. Republican thinks Mikulski is vulnerable
Posted on 02/28/2010 7:52:39 AM PST by Maelstorm
Standing in the expansive basement family room of a Fulton mansion, Dr. Eric S. Wargotz explained why he thinks 2010 will be so kind to Republicans that he's got a chance to replace four- term U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, arguably Maryland's most popular Democrat.
"I'm running because I believe I can do it," said Wargotz, 53, a first-term Queen Anne's County commissioner. "I see an opening here. Look at Scott Brown," he said, referring to the once-obscure Massachusetts Republican state senator catapulted to national celebrity by winning a special election for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Senate seat. Wargotz said he went to Massachusetts to help in the Brown campaign's final days.
But it's not clear that all Maryland Republicans share that optimism.
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Here is the good Doc’s site. Any Freepers in MD know anything about this guy?
The Trifecta would be Boxer, Murray and Mikulski
I agree. I’d love to see them gone and this year is the year they can be gone and replaced with real conservatives not wishy washy moderates.
I don’t think she is venerable. I *do* think the Dynamo from Dundalk is VULNERABLE.
We need to support whomever her opposition is.
Somebody has to convince Rossi to run against Murray in WA. Feingold in WI could be beat also by Thompson if he would just consent to run.
Many people are telling me she will not run again for re-election, due to her ankle injury, which has neccessitated her to be restricted to a Jazzy for the past 6 months, and will continue to do so for perhaps another year. She is grossly obese as it is, and this injury is affecting her health. Do not be surprised to hear her annouce her retirement sometime in the next 2 months.
There is a rumor that she will retire, which would really open it up. I think there is a real chance that we could defeat Babs as well as Steny Hoyer. I’m not as hopeful that we can defeat Kratovil, but it is more important to defeat the other two since they are both far left and have seniority.
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Think she put out some kind of press release or sumpin’ stating she’s not retiring.
I think Spendy Horror’s beatable. Kratovil’s smart enough to cloak himself as a “moderate” and most of Ceciltucky’s population doesn’t pay enough attention to see through that.
However Andy Harris’s base is in Balto County. He’s well known there. If Harris makes a project of wooing Ceciltuckians, he can win.
With a lot of help.
I don’t live in Maryland anymore (had the misfortune of living there many years ago — my apologies to any conservative Marylanders out there) so take this for what it is worth. Mikulski could run against Jesus Christ in Maryland and Mikulski would win in a landslide.
She is entrenched in that state the way Bwaney Fwank is in his district or Byrd is in West Virginia.
Hopefully, the old bag will choose to not run because that is the only way she is leaving the Senate.
I don’t see Mikulski as being vulnerable. However, a year like this is the kind in which upsets happen. Never say never. Conservatives should at least keep an eye on this race.
Mikulski could run against Jesus Christ in Maryland and Mikulski would win in a landslide.
Similar ex-MD'er here, and agree totally.
The way to handle Barbara Mikulski is the same as handling many of her government-dependence types; be very explicit about her voting record, be very explicit about what conservatism is (personal responsibility on all levels), be very explicit about how those conflict; and even though she will not lose, the underlying conservatism of her constituency (blue collar) will force her into an appropriate voting pattern, and set up a more conservative candidate in the future.
I would love to see it but... never. Never ever. Is there a reputable poll showing Mikulski with less than stellar approval ratings? That alone would be shocking. The worse things get the more they LOVE Mikulski. Why? I have no idea.
Maryland politics (except for the local good ole boy networks in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore) are something that defy reasonable explanation.
Victories in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts could be explained. Those standards cannot be applied to Maryland. Potential victories in other bastions of liberalism such as California can be explained. Not in Maryland.
You dont get much more obscure than Wargotz; he’s from the other side of the Bay and he has little connection to Balt/Wash politics, where most of the people live. . IMO, Mikulski is the strongest elected Democrat in the State, and thats no small matter.
She should be vulnerable just on looks alone
I would absolutely love to see Mikulski lose in November. I don’t hold out any hope with Marylanders though. Many in the DC suburbs have relocated to NoVa to escape high Maryland taxes, but are now demanding in Virginia the same big government that gave them high taxes to begin with.
I think Rossi will wait to the last second to decide whether to toss his hat in or not. I think he still has his eyes on Olympia and will take a pass on the senate, although I do believe there is a small possibility he will run if polls continue to show Murray getting weaker. I think Thompson will challenge Feingold, it should be a helluva race.
Bulldog Mikulski Could get Caught Robbing Banks and still get Elected! She Has a job for life like the Pope.
If MD finally wakes up from its long liberal sleep wound be a great thing.
If she donated her daily meatball sub to a starving kid in Haiti they both would be better off
Heard on WTMJ - Milwaukee that they believe Thompson will run againt Fiengold. If He does that is a Toss up state for sure.
Any candidate has an uphill climb against Mikulski, but I don’t know how Dr. Wargotz is going to get there from here. He certainly has the type of background that would be appealing in this political environment, but his comments at CPAC about not believing Obama was born in America will make him easily smeared as a crank.
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
MD is likely not another MA. Too many minorities here who will rush to save Babs when the talking heads say that MD is a referendum on The Won.
Best opportunity for GOP pickup is if/when the seat actually becomes open. There is a long list of Dems waiting for that seat. Gansler or Van Hollen or one of those will say, so sorry Cummings/Curry, but it’s My Turn, just sit yourselves down and wait for future opportunities. That’s the recipe for Dems staying home.