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Friday, October 21, 2005

Del. Brown may run for MD Attorney General

(Updated November 19, 2005)
"Playing the guessing game with Tony Brown and friends"
Gazette, November 18, 2005 (by Thomas Dennison)
About 100 legislators and lobbyists showed up in Annapolis on Thursday morning to fete House Majority Whip Anthony Brown and suss out his plans.

Brown’s breakfast fund-raiser — and speech — hardly dampened speculation that he will be running statewide next year: attorney general or lite guv?

Sen. Ulysses Currie opened the morning by referring to his District 25 mate as ‘‘the next attorney general of the state of Maryland.”

House Speaker Mike Busch ruminated out loud about Brown seeking higher office — even mentioning the possibility of a Brown-Busch ticket in 2006 (to a lot of laughter).

Brown has been hinting that he wants to run for attorney general, but incumbent Joe Curran has yet to decide what he’s going to do. Some Dems are hoping he’ll retire to avoid running on the same ticket as his son-in-law, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley.

But what had the crowd chattering is the increasingly loud talk that O’Malley and Brown are in negotiations, but neither man nor their aides is talking much.

What Brown did talk about were the contrasts between what he saw in Iraq earlier this year and the prosperous state he returned to.
That was the ‘‘speech of a candidate,” not a legislator, noted lobbyist Larry Levitan, a former MoCo senator.
"Another Md. Official Eyeing Curran's Seat; Brown Championed by Black Democrats"
Post, October 22, 2005
(by Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post Staff Writer)
Maryland's House Majority Whip Anthony G. Brown has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for the Democratic nomination for attorney general, becoming the third elected official to publicly express interest in replacing five-term incumbent J. Joseph Curran Jr., should he step down. [More]
Also mentions Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, as a possible candidate and quotes remarks by Senators Gloria G. Lawlah and Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) calling for Democartic Party support of an African-American for a statewide elected position.

"P.G. delegate to explore attorney general run; Anthony G. Brown intends to decide before Assembly session begins in Jan."
Sun, October 21, 2005 (AP) [article has been removed from online Sun]
The Associated Press
Originally published October 21, 2005, 4:07 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS // A top Democrat in the General Assembly has formed an exploratory committee to weigh a possible run for Maryland attorney general.

Del. Anthony G. Brown, D-Prince George's, the majority whip in the House, filed papers for the committee with the Maryland State Board of Elections Wednesday. Brown intends to announce whether he will run for the post before the legislative session begins in January.

"Right now, I am seriously considering running for attorney general," Brown said today.

[More (no longer online)]

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