The Getaway

    Maryland Democrats saved the biggest gun for the last days of the campaign.

    Former U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulksi (D) hit several Democratic rallies around the state on Saturday, dispensing her customary fire and wisdom. Martha McKenna, the Baltimore-based Democratic strategist and co-founder of the group Emerge Maryland, which has recruited dozens of women to run for political office, served as her chauffeur.

    McKenna reports that Mikulski had just one instruction: “Don’t drive like you’re driving your elderly aunt around town. Drive like you’re the getaway car.”

    No doubt Mikulski stole a lot of hearts on Saturday.

    Josh Kurtz
    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.