Dr. Eric Wargotz, the pathologist who was the GOP’s 2010 nominee for U. S. Senate in Maryland, has decided not to run again in 2012.
On occasion I have enjoyed poking fun at the man I’ve dubbed “The Dialin’ Doc” due to his telephone-friendly management style. But I’m not going to mock his decision to pass on a follow-up challenge to Senator Ben Cardin.
Dr. Wargotz spent nearly $1 million, including $700,000 of his own money, during his challenge to Senator Barbara Mikulski, only to lose by 26 points.
And, I just don’t see the opportunity here that some Republicans claim to see.
Recent polls have indicated that Senator Cardin is a strong if not certain favorite for reelection. Indeed, as a recent Gonzales Research poll found, “Over a third of GOP voters say they would consider voting for Cardin…not the result a Republican hopeful for the office wants to see.”
I wish Dr. Wargotz the best as he contemplates the future. Still, I’m disappointed by today’s news. Who knows if I will ever again have the chance to use the phrase “The Dialin’ Doc” on my blog again?