March 22, 2005


Steele giving real thought to campaign for Senate: Lt. governor weighs effect on family, administration (Andrew A. Green, March 20, 2005, Baltimore Sun)

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele said yesterday that he is seriously considering a run at the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes in 2006 and will make further announcements about his plans in the coming weeks.

Speaking on WBAL-AM's Stateline with Governor Ehrlich program yesterday morning, Steele spoke publicly about his possible candidacy for the first time, saying he wants to hold off on serious discussion of the race to give Sarbanes his due for his years of public service.

With Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s announcement last week that neither he nor his wife, Kendel Ehrlich, planned to run for the seat, Steele is widely viewed as presenting the GOP's best chance to break the Democrats' decades-long hold on Maryland's Senate seats.

"I am seriously thinking about it, yes, and we'll evaluate it in context of a couple of things: Will my wife give me permission? How does it help the administration? Does it help Governor Ehrlich's re-election? And does it make sense for me?" Steele said.

He'd have more help from the White House and the RNC than he'd know what to do with.

Conservative Could Win Maryland Senate Race (John Gizzi, Mar 22, 2005, Human Events)

The potential candidate that many Republicans are talking about has already demonstrated he can win statewide: Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, one of only two African-American Republicans to hold the second-highest office in a state.

A lawyer and former state party chairman, Steele made headlines nationwide in 2002 when he was elected on the ticket headed by then-Rep. Bob Ehrlich, who became Maryland's first Republican governor since Spiro Agnew in 1966. Interestingly, while Ehrlich is pro-choice on abortion, Steele is unabashedly pro-life. As lieutenant governor, Steele has been a prominent participant in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. He has also focused on promoting Ehrlich's no-more-taxes agenda in the Democrat-controlled state legislature. [...]

Steele declined overtures by national Republicans to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski last year. Before Sarbanes announced that he was retiring, Steele had signaled that he intended to seek re-election as lieutenant governor and then run for governor in 2010, when Ehrlich would be term-limited out. A source close to Steele, however, told HUMAN EVENTS last week, "Michael is at least considering the Senate race this time."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2005 12:00 PM

Keep in mind that he will be running against a condidate who has had 5 illegitimate children with 4 different women.

Posted by: GER at March 22, 2005 1:15 PM

I always wondered what old Queasy gave them for names.

Perhaps, Sleazy, Weezy, Cheesy, Sneezy and Breezy?

Posted by: bart at March 22, 2005 4:43 PM

is "Liddy" G. Gordon, or Bob's wife ?

Posted by: cjm at March 22, 2005 7:34 PM

Ms Dole is running the Senate campaign for '06.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2005 8:43 PM

Well at least that explains why the Senate GOP is so in the tank on corporate welfare and bankruptcy reform and why tax reform has pretty much gone by the wayside. The Senate's current behavior does have the fingerprints and cadaverous odor of Brain-Dead Bob, the Zombie of K Street.

Posted by: bart at March 23, 2005 6:54 AM
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