Milad Pooran was honeymooning in the South Pacific last summer as politicians in Washington were turning a deadline to raise the U.S. debt limit into another opportunity for partisan brinkmanship.
A critical care physician from Frederick County, Pooran has never held elective office. But as he watched the spectacle in Washington, he asked his wife for permission to run for Congress.
"To see in the newspapers the American politicians airing our national dirty laundry was frankly embarrassing," he says. "I didn't think the country was looking at the right issues."
So began Pooran's quest for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional...