John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the
Bolton, a Baltimore native who lives in
Douglas is seeking the seat currently held by Democratic Sen.
In addition to Bolton's endorsement, Douglas, 55, brings a hefty resume to the Republican primary, including a stint as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under Bush and five years on Capitol Hill as a senior attorney to two high-profile Senate committees. He's an Iraq veteran, served on fast attack submarines in the Navy in the 1970s and appears to be plugged in to defense and diplomatic circles in Washington.
The College Park resident said he is running for the seat because of what he views as a lack of leadership in Washington. Douglas has promised to force uncomfortable votes in the Senate, even if that means alienating fellow Republicans. He also has vowed to serve a maximum of two terms.
"My assessment today of the
But Douglas is unquestionably an underdog in the race. First, he is one in a crowded, 10-candidate field in the GOP primary that includes Dan Bongino, a
Campaign finance reports show that, at the end of 2011, Bongino had raised about $130,000 compared with about $17,000 for Douglas.
Though he shuns characterizations, Douglas appears to be aligned more closely with the centrist wing of the party. Several supporters at the fundraiser Tuesday are also close to former Maryland Gov.
Even if Douglas manages to win the nomination, he would be running in an overwhelmingly blue state and would likely face a popular and experienced incumbent who has made few if any missteps. Cardin, who has a primary challenge of his own from state Sen.