Chrysovalantis Kefalas, former aide to both US Attorney General Eric Holder (D) and Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R-MD), announced that he will explore a campaign for US Senate, following the announcement that Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will retire after 30 years in the chamber.
Kefalas, who some speculated would run for Attorney General of Maryland in 2014, is the current Vice President of Executive Communications at the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest industrial trade association in the United States. He joined the business advocacy giant after serving as a speechwriter to Attorney General Holder. He had previously served as a trial and appellate attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, beginning his tenure under former Attorney General Michael Mukasey (R); as civil litigator in private practice; and Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Ehrlich – the youngest attorney to hold the position in Maryland history.
“It’s time we manufacture new vision, new leadership and a new and better tomorrow for Maryland and our country,” Kefalas said in a post on his Facebook page. “And over the next few weeks, we’ll begin to explore the viability of a campaign for the U.S. Senate and for the future that we must, and surely can, claim together.”
This statement came just days before Kefalas joined over 300 Republican, conservative, libertarian, and independent leaders who signed onto Project Rightside’s amicus brief in support of the freedom to marry. The brief was filed with the Supreme Court Thursday night and included the signatures of current GOP Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, and US Senator Mark Kirk (IL).
“My sense is Marylanders want someone who will be as an aggressive fighter for our state as Sen. Mikulski was,” Kefalas told The Pappas Post. “I just think that leader has to be someone who has shown they can work with both parties, galvanize public support around essential solutions, and solve problems, and champion policies at the federal level that will promote job creation, economic growth and opportunity for everyone.”
Will he run? Kefalas only says, “I’m honored and happy serving our nation’s manufacturers, but I’m keeping the door open.”