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Thursday, December 04, 2003

In Maryland

Talk about a waste of time, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) has decided to put effort into contesting Maryland's 8th, a liberal bastion taking up a large part of Montgomery and part of Prince George's counties in the DC suburbs, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel. They put out a press release against his vote on the Medicare bill in an effort to soften him up.

While it is true that the incumbent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is in his first term and that he beat a long-time Republican Member, Rep. Connie Morella, this seems like a doubtful proposition. I guess we'll see if the new NRCC chair (Tom Davis finished his two terms in the fall) has any brains or if he'll put his money where his mouth is.

Even if the Gazette gives lots of space to a Republican opponent, I think this isn't going to happen. Look at the district's demographics and judge for yourself.