Maryland Juice has been foreshadowing this moment for a few weeks now, but the Baltimore Sun is reporting that national Democrats are turning their attention to GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the 6th Congressional District:
The campaign arm of House Democrats has for months been focused almost exclusively on one person in Maryland: Rep. Andy Harris, the first-term Baltimore County Republican. But on Wednesday the group added a new target – Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett – and the timing is not likely a coincidence.Most Maryland politicos should know by now that Democrats can target only one of the two GOP House members: Andy Harris in CD1 or Roscoe Bartlett in CD6. There had been much rumbling about a CD6 option over the summer, and this month a leaked map made the possibility seem more real. Today's complaints by Rep. Donna Edwards' MoCo fans about the CD6 plan, as well as this new movement from the DCCC make a CD6-target now seem inevitable.
In a press release Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tried to link the Western Maryland Republican with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, questioning whether Bartlett would support a health care plan Ryan unveiled this week.
Because the group tends to send out the same release to dozens of districts -- only changing the name of the target -- the issue raised is far less important than the fact that Bartlett’s name appears at all....