Sarbanes' son announces Congress bid


Saying he wanted to continue his family's legacy of public service, John P. Sarbanes entered the race for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District yesterday, pledging to work for universal health care and delivering sharp jabs against the Bush administration.

Sarbanes, 43, is the son of Paul S. Sarbanes, who is retiring as Maryland's longest-serving U.S. senator. John Sarbanes joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the seat now held by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for Senate. No Republicans have entered the race.

During a campaign launch at the Designated Hitter's Club at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Sarbanes called the Iraq war an error by the Bush administration.

"Many abroad and many right here in this country are beginning to ask what America stands for," he said. "It was a mistake to go into Iraq, and it is time now to have a candid and open discussion about ... bringing American troops home."

A graduate of Gilman School, Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Sarbanes is a lawyer at Venable LLP.

"We simply must make the commitment to universal health care coverage in this country," he said. "The fact that 46 million people are uninsured and millions more are underinsured is not only morally wrong and economically irresponsible. On the world stage, it is downright embarrassing. We can do so much better."

Other Democrats running are former Baltimore health commissioner Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, investment banker Oz Bengur and Anne Arundel County Commissioner Bill D. Burlison.

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