Tonight I bring you a shortie, but hopefully, a goodie! I am currently following developments in District 12 State and District 4 County Council. I don't wish to offer speculation on either race at this time, but from what I'm hearing, neither race may yet be settled in terms of field.
This post from Maryland Matters is on my mind this evening. Yes, I am supporting Alec Ross for Governor, in full disclosure. But reading the post about the various Democratic candidates' choices for Lieutenant Governor (thus far), it would seem that Alec Ross and Rich Madaleno made nontraditional choices, whereas Ben Jealous and Jim Shea have decided to choose "insider" candidates.
I'm not sure if having an "insider" or an "outsider" Looey Gov running mate really matters. I think Howard County's vote for Governor in the 2014 General Election kind of cements the fact that people don't vote for Lieutenant Governor, when two term County Executive Ken Ulman was the running mate of Anthony Brown. Yet, Larry Hogan still won Howard County.
Considering this fully, I think then that the good measure of a Lieutenant Governor is someone who is in sympatico with the Gubernatorial candidate. On that count, I'd say that Ross's selection scores, as his selection, Julie Verratti, is a entrepreneur from Montgomery County with Obama Administration ties, and is also a marriage equality activist. Jim Shea's selection of Brandon Scott makes sense to me-- although there is no geographic balance, there definitely is generational and ethnic balance, as well as political experience balance-- as does Ben Jealous's selection of former Maryland Democratic Party Chair Susan Turnbull. Rich Madaleno's selection leaves my head scratching.
Used to be, these selections would take pressure off of congested primary races elsewhere in the state. I guess, with candidates still to select their running mates, that this might yet happen. Then again, what hot Democratic primaries are there? Maybe the Democratic primary in the 6th Congressional District?
Incidentally, Thursday evening, there is an Alec Ross "meet and greet" at the home of Brian Dunn, 9402 Sunfall Court, Columbia 21046. Time will be 7pm to 8:30pm, and cost is free! Learn more here.
And let's be careful out there.