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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Van Hollen Running...Around

Roll Call has an article today on how busy Chris Van Hollen is with three House committees, recruiting work for the DCCC, and exploring a Senate run. Most of it isn't that interesting, except for the following, taken ruthlessly out of context for your edification:

But Van Hollen also is aggressively exploring whether to join the race to replace retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.). Of the three leading Democrats — Rep. Benjamin Cardin and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume have already declared their candidacies — Van Hollen by far has the most campaign cash.

But that advantage is counter-balanced by the pressure on his time.


Van Hollen is intensely ambitious and has been unafraid to take political risks, even potentially career-ending risks, since first being elected to the Legislature in 1990. Some supporters privately worry that he could be throwing away a promising House career by running for the Senate next year and losing.


Although a poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun last month found Van Hollen running third in a primary behind Mfume and Cardin, he is less well-known statewide than the other two — a name recognition gap he easily could make up with an aggressive, free-spending campaign.