Some Maryland state lawmakers are hoping to ride the nation’s anti-incumbent mood from the state assembly to Congress, but the question is will they be viewed as political insiders themselves. The Baltimore Sun
reported Thursday that a half-dozen or so Maryland lawmakers are planning to run for Congress next year.
Two Republican state senators, David Brinkley and Nancy Jacobs, announced their House campaigns earlier this week. Democratic state Sen. Anthony Muse was expected to announce his intention to run for the U.S. Senate on Thursday, according to the Sun.
The three are joining several other Maryland lawmakers who also are considering trading up to higher office by playing to voter frustrations over what many view as a dysfunctional Congress.
“If anybody was going to run for Congress, I’d say this is the year to do it,” Jacobs told the Sun. But she added a note of caution, saying state lawmakers have to remember “where they came from . . . You can’t turn into Washington.”
Recent public opinion surveys nationwide have registered historically high dissatisfaction rates with Congress.
The Sun referenced a Pew Research poll from last month, for instance, that found two-thirds of voters believe most members of Congress should be voted out of office. That was the highest margin since Pew began asking the question 17 years ago.
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