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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Senate News

Now that caffeine is flowing through my bloodstream and the lack of sleep from the previous weekend is somewhat remedied, I heard two pieces of Senate news this morning.

First, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume is expected to step down after seven years. The rumor is that he is going to run for retiring Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes's seat. The son of Senator Sarbanes is also said to be interested. Seeing how it is likely that Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. will run to replace probably retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and win, this could mean 3 African Americans elected to the Senate in two cycles.

Second, New Jersey Senator Jon Corzine is said to announce his intention to run in the Democratic Primary for the Gubernatorial Race anytime. Current Governor Richard J. Cody hasn't said what he will do, and on public radio this morning it was mentioned that US Rep. Robert Andrews could run to balance out the North-South Jersey candidates. In 2002 when Sen. Lautenberg decided to come out of retirement to keep Douglas Forrester out of the Senate, another name that was mentioned at that time was Rep. Robert Menendez.

Unfortunately neither winning the seat in New Jersey or Maryland will change the overall makeup in the Senate.

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