"I'm not going to unilaterally impose term limits on myself. That's unfair to the district," he said.
Bartlett said more than half of Congress has turned over since he was elected in 1992.
"I'm now above the middle in terms of seniority," he said.
So how long does Bartlett want to remain in Congress?
"I've said that I'd like to serve under a Republican president," he said.
Fund-raiser draws big names, $20,000
Maryland Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, held a campaign fund-raiser last week in Hagerstown that garnered about $20,000 in contributions before expenses were paid, he said.
The event drew about 400 people, including House of Delegates Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Donoghue said. Attendees also donated toys that will be given to needy children for Christmas, he said.
Donoghue, who hasn't formally filed for re-election, said he might have another fund-raiser after the General Assembly's 90-day session, which starts Jan. 14.
Rehrmann opposes name-dropping
Now the gubernatorial candidates in Maryland are playing the name game.
Last week Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, accused Gov. Parris N. Glendening of disguising political commercials as public service announcements.
For example, a recent commercial addressing the state's Pfiesteria outbreak on the Chesapeake Bay made sure to note the governor's name. Rehrmann said it goes beyond that, with Glendening's name or face popping up on welcome signs, tourism ads and Internet sites.
"Public service announcements are important for informing Marylanders on issues of public concern. However, we are sure that you will agree that it is improper to turn free or paid public service announcements into political commercials," Rehr-mann wrote in a letter to Glendening.
Rehrman is asking that Glendening stop using his name in taxpayer-paid advertising until the gubernatorial candidates establish guidelines for public service announcements.
- Guy Fletcher and Brendan Kirby