“Senator Mikulski has done an outstanding job representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years,” said O’Malley in a statement. “I am hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this important office. I will not be one of them.”
O’Malley’s announcement comes a day after Mikulski announced her retirement from the U.S. Senate.
The former governor — who is widely expected to mount a presidential campaign in 2016 — was among those who include Maryland Congressmen Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings and Andy Harris, former Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that observers noted may consider a run for Mikulski’s seat.
“We will have an open Senate seat and that will create some interest,” U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters immediately after Mikulski’s announcement. “We have a great talent pool.”
Some political observers have also speculated that former state Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) may also run.
The lesbian Montgomery County Democrat on Monday did not return the Washington Blade’s request for comment.