In the wake of Democrat Anthony G. Brown’s stunning loss in last week’s governor’s race in Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) has summoned party leaders to a meeting next Monday in Annapolis to discuss “victory in 2016,” according to an e-mail distributed by the state party.
The e-mail, first reported by Center Maryland, seeks the attendance of top Democratic elected officials who will still be in office after Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) takes over in January — meaning neither Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) nor Brown, the lieutenant governor, are on the invitation list.
“Election results have cast upon me the role of titular leader of the MD Democratic Party,” Mikulski says in the e-mail. “I ask for your help and counsel at this time.”
Mikulski, who will be up for re-election in 2016, asks that no staff attend the morning meeting and says the agenda will include a discussion of “the path to new leadership.”
Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman, prevailed over Brown, 51.4 percent to 46.9 percent, in the heavily Democratic state, according to updated but still-unofficial results from the State Board of Elections.
The Republican victory in Maryland was part of a GOP wave that also changed control of the U.S. Senate, which means Mikulski will soon lose her role as chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee.
Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1987. She was in the House for a decade before that.