The Washington Times - December 1, 2011, 11:06AM

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – A state delegate says a top aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has told him he’s considering running for the 6th District House seat if Bartlett drops out.

Bartlett Chief of Staff Harold “Bud” Otis declined to comment Thursday on the comments Washington County Republican Neil Parrott made to The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown.


Parrott says Otis asked him a few weeks ago if Parrott would support him for Congress if Bartlett didn’t run.
Bartlett’s office maintains Bartlett is still seeking re-election to an 11th term in Congress.

The state’s Democrat-led General Assembly recently approved a reconfiguration of the western Maryland District that is believed to have increased the share of Democratic voters. That could make it harder for Republicans to hold the seat in 2012.

In addition, Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney says he’s considering running for the House seat held by fellow Republican Roscoe Bartlett.

Mr. Mooney said Thursday he’s forming a campaign fundraising committee and exploring a possible run. He is a conservative who once worked for Mr. Mooney served three terms in the state Senate before becoming state GOP chairman last year.

The field of announced candidates includes five Republicans and three Democrats.