Sen. Cardin celebrates re-election with diner breakfast

Cardin called for Congress to take action to protect the middle class and spur job growth before the end of the year

November 07, 2012|By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin celebrated his election to a second term with a traditional breakfast at Fells Point diner Jimmy's Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

"I'm kind of a boring guy: Egg white omelet. So that's what I got this morning with my grits," he said. "It was delicious."

Cardin sat at a table with U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who was not facing re-election this year, and Del. Maggie McIntosh.

After finishing his meal, Cardin walked through the restaurant and talked to other diners, apologizing if he had caused them any inconvenience. He shook hands with Earl Brown, 35, of Baltimore, who congratulated Cardin on his victory.

But the senator will not have much time to bask in the afterglow of the election. He heads back to Washington, D.C., with the potent dregs of Congress's business to sort out: A combination of tax raises and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff, which threatens to send the economy back into recession.

"The American people will not put up for the shenanigans that took place in Congress," Cardin said. "There's a lot of pressure on everyone but we've got to deliver, there's a way to deliver."

"We're going to protect the middle class, and we're going to be prepared to do what's necessary not only to balance our budget but get job growth."

Before she left, Mikulski said that the upholding of the Dream Act and same-sex marriage show "Maryland has a great sense of tolerance and wants to be part of the 21st Century."

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