All the rampant political speculation in our happy little subdivision is about the possibility that Ken Ulman will scrap his plans to run for Governor in 2014 and will instead be on Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown's ticket as his running mate. The news broke in the Washington Post. and you can find the article here.
Do I think this will happen? I don't know, but the fact that it's been kind of placed out there and no one's totally freaking out with objection about it would make it seem like it is going to happen. Does this change the race for Governor? Oh, hell yeah. It puts the fundraising for this race into the stratosphere. Together Brown and Ulman would pull close to Doug Gansler's lead in cash on hand, and, considering the fundraising power this ticket could muster-- especially with Martin O'Malley supporting Brown and with Ulman's state and national connections-- they could exceed Gansler.
This move would also make it very difficult for a late-coming or underfunded candidate. So for Heather Mizeur or Dutch Ruppersberger, this isn't good news. Is it prohibitive of either of their potential candidacies? No. But it does make the mountain to climb much bigger.
Also, what does this say about Ken Ulman's personal political ambitions? Nothing. It shows a certain shrewdness not to dive headlong into the Democratic primary, and it shows a great deal of calculation that together, he and Anthony Brown can win. And if they do win, he has eight years to be a Lieuteant Governor, work Annapolis and get his own house in order for his own inevitable, and likely unstoppable, candidacy in 2022.