Former Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) has taken a job working for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney, making it appear less likely he will attempt to regain his old congressional seat in 2012.
Kratovil held Maryland’s 1st district seat — which includes the entire Eastern Shore as well as some suburbs north and south of Baltimore — for just one term before he was ousted by Andy Harris (R) in 2010.
Democrats in Washington and Maryland have been watching Kratovil to see whether he would make another bid next November, but his plans seemed to hinge partly on the decennial redistricting process.
Initially, some Democrats in the state — led by Rep. Steny Hoyer — sought to draw a new map that made the 1st district more competitive. But in recent weeks, momentum has grown behind the idea of making Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R) 6th district more amenable to Democrats instead. (State Sen. Robert Garagiola (D) is considering a campaign for that seat next year.)
Kratovil‘s new job in Prince George’s County, which was first reported by the Baltimore Sun, seems to lower the chances that he will run for Congress next year, since he would have to quit in a matter of months in order to mount a campaign. But Kratovil told the Sun not to “read anything into” his move, saying that he hadn’t yet made a “final decision” on the race.
Kratovil, a Lanham native, previously worked as assistant state’s attorney in Prince George’s County from 1994-1997 before moving over to take the same job in Queen Anne’s County. He eventually served as Queen Anne’s state’s attorney for five years before his election to Congress in 2008.