It would seem to all Maryland residents that Lt. Governor Michael Steele is the obvious GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate. All Maryland resident except, however, Michael Steele. When newspaper reporters asked when he would be making his announcement, he replied "What announcement?" If I were Michael Steele, I would go ahead and run. I would rather lose running for a higher office than run for re-election and lose.
State Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Fries) has announced he is going to challenge longterm incumbent Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon). Carrico said God had led him to the decision and would guide him to victory. Boucher is currently serving his 12th term, and will only be 60 years old in 2006. A word of advice to Bill Carrico; Congressmen are five times more likely to die in office than to lose re-election.
An internal poll by the West Virginia Republican Party shows their likely 2006 Senate nominee, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-Charleston) losing to incumbent Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-Sophia) by 10 percentage points, with another nine "undecided but leaning Byrd." This should be a sign to Capito that Byrd is unbeatable. For information sake, Robert Byrd is 87 years old, first elected to the Senate in 1958, to the U.S. House in 1946, and anuually brings billions of dollars in funds to the state. West Virginia's biggest source of revenue is the West Virginia Turnpike, which is a state toll road. When Byrd was elected to Congress 59 years ago, there were NO PAVED ROADS IN THE ENTIRE STATE. Let me go ahead and congradulate Senator Byrd on his re-election.
Ok folks, that's it for now. Off to bed.