Pat McDonough considers U.S. House and Senate runs, too

Del. Pat McDonough, one of the most vocal Republican lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly, announced Thursday morning his aspirations to higher office have expanded. McDonough, of Baltimore and Harford counties, said he would seek the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin if a run in the 2nd Congressional District looks too challenging. "Radio and television exposure over many years and support for issues such as opposition to illegal immigration have provided me with high name recognition and voter approval," McDonough said in a press release. "Despite these advantages, that district still remains a challenge. Of course, the re-districting and the new district will not be revealed until October. At that time, if the 2nd Congressional District transforms from ‘uphill to impossible,’ my personal decision will become clear." McDonough has been most outspoken in Annapolis on the subject of illegal immigration, and he has been the leading opponent of legislation that would expand rights for undocumented workers and their families in Maryland. More recently, he has taken on the state's proposed toll increases and even Kegasus, the 2011 Preakness mascot. That effort landed him in prime real estate in a New York Times story on the spokescentaur.