Rawlings-Blake says she's thinking 'long and hard' about whether to run for U.S. Senate

The Baltimore Sun
Will Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake run for Mikulski's Senate seat? She's thinking long and hard.

As she weighs a decision to run for U.S. Senate, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she’s considering whether she can serve Baltimore better in her current job or in Congress.

Rawlings-Blake, who is in her first full term, declined to say how soon she would decide whether to run for the seat that will be vacated by longtime Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Mikulski announced this week that she will retire at the end of her term after nearly half a century in public office.

"While I am flattered about the mention, I know the speculation about me as a possible successor says a lot more about the progress we’ve been seeing in Baltimore City than it does about me personally,” Rawlings-Blake told reporters. “It makes me very, very proud that a Baltimore girl is being mentioned as a contender for a U.S. Senate seat. I am also proud to see the progress made in the city. I know it’s a model that certainly would help get things done in Washington, D.C.”

Rawlings-Blake has previously said she intended to run for re-election in the 2016 mayoral race.

“I love being mayor,” she said Wednesday. “I love having the ability every single day when I wake up to make real change and serve the people of Baltimore.

“I have to think long and hard about if that’s something I want to give up in order to join the partisan gridlock that we have and are likely to continue to have in Washington where every day it seems harder and harder to get common sense things done.”

Thomas D’Alesandro – the late father of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – was Baltimore’s last sitting mayor to run for the U.S. Senate. He ran an unsuccessful campaign in 1958.

Baltimore Sun research librarian Paul McCardell contributed to this report.

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