In an interesting statement at the Board of Public Works meeting, State Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “We have become uniquely tied at the hip or joined at the hip to the federal government,” and lawmakers need to rededicate Maryland toward “a business climate that inspires, promotes and rewards private-sector investment in Maryland.”
In stark contrast to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s frequent lauding of Maryland’s reliance on federal jobs, Franchot further argued, “We as a state simply can’t allow ourselves to become complacent and allow the federal government to become the economic engine of first and last resort in Maryland.”
Franchot’s comments sound like something that might have been said by Republican Bob Ehrlich during the 2010 gubernatorial contest. Ehrlich lost the race by 14.5 percentage points, but I think these comments signal a wise strategic move by Franchot as he looks to the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary.
At present, there are likely to be at least three big names seeking the Democratic nomination, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Franchot.
Odds favor a Democrat winning the general election, regardless of the Republican nominee, so winning the Democratic primary is a doorway to the governorship.
If Franchot faces Gansler and Brown, then embracing a moderate to conservative agenda will help him.
[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]
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