Gene Taylor

Bartlett cozies up to Democrats

WASHINGTON -- Running for reelection in a new district that is no longer a GOP stronghold, incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett announced Wednesday he had scored an endorsement from a former Democratic congressman from Mississippi.

The move came hours after the 10-term incumbent said in a televised debate that he is "conflicted" about a question on the Nov. 6 ballot in Maryland that would allow illegal immigrants to attend state universities and colleges at in-state tuition rates.

Both announcements were geared toward moderating some of Bartlett's more conservative positions after Democrats in Annapolis redrew Maryland's 6th Congressional District to...