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Tuesday, July 12, 2005


In discussing how the Senate race will fall out, Josh Kurtz of Roll Call today wrote that businessman Joshua Rales is trying to put together a team and psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren is gearing up: "several Democratic insiders believe she is going to run."

"Paula C. Hollinger, is expected to announce tomorrow her run for Congress in the 3rd District." Also from the Sun on the race to replace Ben Cardin in Congress:
Anne Arundel County Councilman Bill D. Burlison, a former five-term congressman from southeast Missouri, announced last week that he would run on a platform of working to get U.S. troops out of Iraq and reducing federal debt by rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy.

Oz Bengur, an investment banker who made a name for himself with a spirited primary fight against Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger in 2002, said he was forming an exploratory committee to consider the 3rd District race. He said he would probably be bringing a political adviser on board soon with an eye to making a decision in the coming weeks.