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Outsider Bartlett faces political challenge of career
Outsider Bartlett faces political challenge of career

When Roscoe Bartlett was thrust suddenly into front runner status in a topsy-turvy race for Congress in 1992, Republican leaders in Maryland arranged a meeting so he could get to know them. Maybe it was his ill-fitting suit, or his folksy demeanor, but the meeting did not go well. "The initial reaction was, ‘Does this guy really have a chance?'" recalled Ellen Sauerbrey, then the minority leader of the Maryland House of Delegates. "He sure proved that he did." During a nearly two decade career on Capitol Hill, the Western Maryland Republican has remained the consummate political outsider, eschewing Washington to drive home each night to his farm south of...

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