Gazette, 12 Jun 2009 (Brody).
* * *Comment: [Senate 27] Reporter Brody completely ignored the fact that Ron Miller has already announced that he is a repeat candidate for senate in District 27.
Several Annapolis insiders said Prince George's County appears to be ground zero for primary election intrigue:
For all the early speculation, Pinsky, who plans to run for re-election, predicted that at least half of the rumored challenges will not materialize.
- [Senate 22] Michael Herman , chief of staff to County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and a former mayor of Riverdale, could take on Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Dist. 22) of University Park, who has established himself as one of the chamber's most liberal members.
- [Senate 23] Bobby G. Henry Jr., a prominent attorney, may consider a rematch against Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Dist. 23) of Bowie. Henry is leading the defense fund established to help pay legal bills for Sen. Ulysses Currie, whom the FBI is investigating for his work for Shoppers Food Warehouse. Peters edged out Henry by less than 600 votes in 2006.
- [Senate 24] Term-limited County Councilwoman Camille Exum (D-Dist. 7 ) of Seat Pleasant may try to follow in the footsteps of her father, Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D-Dist. 24) of Capitol Heights, if he decides to hang it up after nine terms. Del. Joanne C. Benson (D-Dist. 24 ) of Landover is rumored to have her eye on switching chambers, while Oxon Hill resident Curtis Valentine, who led the Obama campaign in Prince George's County, is also said to be considering a run for office.
- [Senate 25] Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Dist. 25 ) of Mitchellville could challenge Currie (D-Dist. 25) of District Heights.
- [Senate 26] District 26 could be wide open if Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D) of Fort Washington jumps into the open county executive race.
- [Senate 47] Del. Victor R. Ramirez may run against Sen. David C. Harrington (D-Dist. 47 ) of Cheverly, who was appointed to the seat after the death of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt. Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Mount Rainier had sought to fill Britt's seat at the time.
"Talk is cheap. Sometimes talk is throw it up against the wall and see what sticks," he said. "When they start making phone calls and saying, ‘Can I count on your support for X office?' then it becomes much more real."
Incumbents usually skate to re-election, but Progressive Maryland will target some Democratic office holders, though the group's executive director, Sean Dobson, declined to say which ones.
"We're going to challenge the bad apple Democrats who are carrying water for corporate special interests at the expense of working families," he said on Thursday. "These bad apples know who they are and if they think they're safe, they need to ponder two words: Al Wynn."
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(Posted 12 Jun 2009)