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Republican Bongino Files To Run Against Cardin

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former U.S. Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino has filed papers to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The 36-year-old Republican resigned from his position with the U.S. Secret Service’s presidential protection division in May to pursue a bid against incumbent Sen. Benjamin Cardin, a Democrat.

Bongino says his “campaign is about ideas, not ideology.” He says he supports reducing tax rates and simplifying the tax code. The Severna Park resident says he knows the odds are against him in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

But he says “people are looking for change.”

Bongino joined the Secret Service in 1999 and entered the presidential protection division in 2006. He and his wife, Paula, own two small businesses.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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