HR Management & Compliance

Maryland: ‘True Blue’ Victors May Need Low Profile

by Kevin McCormick, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.

Against the national trend to oust the incumbents, Maryland remained a “true blue” state. We returned most of our Democratic incumbents, including Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and a host of other Democratic congressional members.

The only “upset” was the removal of Congressman Frank Kratovil by Republican Andy Harris in a hotly contested race. Roscoe Bartlett, the only other Republican congressman, was returned to office without any serious challenge.

Despite its victories, the returning Maryland congressional delegation will be very circumspect, considering what happened elsewhere in the midterm elections.

Kevin McCormick is editor of Maryland Employment Law Letter and an attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P., a Baltimore firm. He can be reached at (410) 347-8700.