The big news in Maryland is that Lt. Governor Micheal Steele announced he is running for the Maryland U.S. Senate seat in 2006 and the Republicans are just so, so giddy over this. They are salivating at not only another strong black candidate, but at the chance to humiliate the Democrats in a state that was supposed to be theirs once again.
Washington Times: Democrats eye blacks for No. 2 on ticket
WAPO: Steele Vows to Link Democrats, GOP
Michelle Malkin: MICHAEL STEELE AND THE SAMBO SMEAR
NewsMax: Lt. Gov. Michael Steele Has Democrats Worried
Washington Times: Racial Slurs against Michael Steele
FOXNews.com: Md.'s Lieutenant Gov. Stands Up Legislative Black Caucus
The Democrats aren't going down without a fight. Although the party has made it clear they want to back Cardin, a white candidate instead of Mfume, who is black for various reasons, they are looking to back Cardin up with a black Lt. Governor. I don't think it will be enough. Steele is making himself known in the communities among MD, especially Baltimore and PG County; something Mfume simply has no desire to do. Also, the money is on Steele's side.
We'll keep an eye out to see what happens, but I have a feeling the deal's done in the M.D.