Another Woman Ready To Run Statewide

Yesterday it was Maggie McIntosh, powerful chair of the House Appropriations Committee, ruminating about a statewide run. Today, it’s a great friend of this disreputable establishment, Joseline Pena-Melnyk, waving the flag.

Del. Maggie L. McIntosh (Baltimore City), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said she could be a candidate for governor or comptroller, while Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s) said she was looking at those offices as well and would also consider running for lieutenant governor on a Democratic ticket.

“Nothing is off the table,” said Peña-Melnyk, who lost a primary bid this year in the 4th Congressional District and spent the fall working for Clinton in Iowa.
Peña-Melnyk said it is “sad” that Maryland will have an all-male congressional delegation starting in January, with the departures of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D) and Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D), and that women are not represented in the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or comptroller. The only woman who will remain in statewide office is Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D), whose term ends in 2019.

We need more women in high office in Maryland. We’ve never had a woman governor, in MoCo we’ve never had a woman as county executive, and we now have an all-male congressional delegation. This is not remotely acceptable – it’s wonderful to see capable and accomplished women putting themselves forward for 2018 and beyond. There’s glass ceilings to be broken all over the place in our fair state. Let’s grab some hammers and get to work.

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