LONG CONSIDERED the most formidable potential candidate for BaltimoreCounty executive in 2002, state Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell now seems inclined toseek re-election.
The senator once said he was "leaning" toward trying to succeed CountyExecutive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who is barred by law from seeking a thirdterm.
But since then, Bromwell has not sent out feelers that he's interested inmanaging Maryland's third-largest county. And he isn't making appearances inareas where he is not well known, as one would expect of someone preparing acountywide run.
"I'm not waiting on Bromwell anymore. Nobody is waiting for Bromwellanymore," said Del. James F. Ports Jr., the Perry Hall Republican who lastweek formed an exploratory committee for a countywide race. "I've heard he'snot [running for executive]. I didn't hear it from him, but most of thelobbyists say no, he's not in. He's going to run for Senate."
Bromwell, a Democrat, ruffled feathers last year when he tried to replaceSenate President Thomas V. Mike Miller in an unsuccessful coup. Butdifferences appear to have been resolved, at least in public. Bromwell haskept his powerful position as chairman of the Finance Committee, and Millersaid that if Bromwell wins re-election, he'll keep a leadership role.
"He is assured of being a trusted friend and the chairman of a committee,"Miller said, adding that he, too, believes Bromwell will run for re-election.
Bromwell isn't talking. But perhaps most important, his wife, Mary Pat, issaid to be cool to the idea of her husband seeking a new job. The Bromwellshave two young children, and the county executive position is more than fulltime, requiring frequent absences from the family dinner table.
County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat,pondered the race for months. But he now has a 5-week-old son. And that madethe decision for him: He's out.
"There's no way anybody could be county executive and maintain family asthe No. 1 priority," Kamenetz said.
Ruppersberger mingles with Townsend supporters
When about 1,200 of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's supportersgathered at Oregon Ridge over the weekend for her "fall festival," the big guydoing the introducing was none other than Ruppersberger, who not long ago wastalking about running against her for governor.
Ruppersberger said people shouldn't read too much into it, saying Townsendinvited him and he accepted. "I still have to keep all of my options open,"said the two-term county executive.
Some Democrats took Ruppersberger's appearance as a sign that the countyexecutive, who has also been considering a run for Congress, is increasinglydisinclined to take on Townsend.
Name-calling incident heats up political rivalry
When a white elected official calls a black political rival an "Uncle Tom,"is that a racist remark?
State Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele thinks so.
Steele sent out a press release last week demanding an apology from Millerfor calling him that. The Senate president was explaining his opposition to aRepublican redistricting plan backed by Steele as one that empowersminorities.
The GOP chief also took exception to a supposed remark by Miller thatblacks who pay attention to Steele are like "the chicken listening to ColonelSanders."
"As an African-American, I find Senator Miller's remarks, and hisplantation mentality, both offensive and beneath the dignity of his office,"Steele's statement said. "Surely he must understand that his racially chargedinsults have no place in Maryland's political discourse."
Miller said yesterday that he never used the term Uncle Tom and that hisremarks were taken out of context. He said he spoke with Steele yesterday and"totally resolved" the matter. "He called me today, and we were laughing atit," Miller said.
Steele confirmed that the two had talked. "He apologized personally, and Iaccepted his apology," Steele said.
Cardin Web site name might indicate a change
U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin received a brief flurry of attention in Junewhen he said he was being urged to consider a race for governor in 2002.
Last week, the 3rd District Democrat's campaign sent out a press releaseannouncing a new Web site for 2002: www.cardinfor congress.com.
Cardin spokesman Sue Sullam said the Web site wasn't a sign of a decision."There's been no change in his plans," she said. "When he has something tosay, he'll say it."Copyright © 2015, CT Now