Maryland Legislature Passes Map Endangering Bartlett

Posted October 19, 2011 at 2:56pm

Updated, 4:40 p.m.

Both houses of the Democratic-controlled Maryland Legislature have passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Congressional redistricting map, which puts Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in a difficult spot.

Bartlett’s office told Roll Call today he will run for an 11th term in the redrawn 6th district. Bartlett, 85, will face his toughest race in years.

State Sen. Robert Garagiola (D) told Roll Call today, “It creates a competitive 6th district. I’m going to be talking with a number of folks over the next couple of days, and there’s a high likelihood that I’m going to be throwing my hat in the ring for Congress. Within a matter of days, I’ll make a decision on it.”

The Maryland Senate will need to approve technical changes made by the House of Delegates and then O’Malley, a Democrat, is expected to sign it into law.

During the last month, the map has been a highly contentious topic in Maryland politics. The changes made from the current lines deeply angered Republicans and some minorities. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the map’s highest-profile critic on the left, had complained about lack of minority representation in suburban Montgomery County. She said Wednesday that while she feels the map “is not the best approach for minority voters or for all Marylanders,” the process “has run its course.”