With the filing deadline just six days away, Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex X. Mooney says he hasn’t decided whether to challenge Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in the redrawn 6th Congressional District. But that hasn’t stopped Mooney from collecting endorsements.
Mooney told MarylandReporter.com earlier this week that he was “still in the maybe category.” On Thursday afternoon, campaign spokesman Ted Dacy reiterated that point.
“He hasn’t made an official decision, nothing has really changed,” Dacy said.
Yet earlier Thursday, Mooney publicly rolled out “coordinators” for his campaign in five counties, an odd move to make now if there is still a chance he could drop out before Jan. 11.
The field in the newly competitive 6th district is already crowded, with state Sen. David Brinkley (Frederick) and four other candidates challenging Bartlett for the Republican nomination. State Sen. Rob Garagiola (Montgomery), financier John Delaney, Air Force doctor Milad Pooran and attorney Charles Bailey are gunning for the Democratic nod.
Mooney, a former aide to Bartlett, served in the state Senate from 1998 through 2010. He has chaired the state party for just over a year, and would step down from that post if he decides to run for Congress.