The nonsense about Gansler’s ‘unbalanced’ ticket

October 15, 2013
eberly

The latest bit of nonsense in the Maryland governor’s race is the suggestion that Doug Gansler, who is from Montgomery County, made a mistake by not balancing his ticket with someone from the Baltimore region. Gansler picked Del. Jolene Ivey of Prince George’s County. Don Norris of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, said the pick, coupled with other campaign missteps, is evidence that Gansler’s campaign is “knee-deep in quicksand.” I have great respect for Norris, but “knee-deep in quicksand”? Maybe Gansler is up to his ankles in a mud puddle.

No one has suggested that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is from Prince George’s, failed the regional-balance test when he picked Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. This is apparently a balanced ticket. Nonsense. Let me be clear: Anyone who would argue that a Prince George’s/Howard ticket is geographically balanced while a Montgomery/Prince George’s ticket is regional has never looked at a map of Maryland.

The reality is, we have two tickets representing what could best be described as central Maryland and the D.C. suburbs. The tickets represent the reality of the Democratic Party in Maryland: It is comprised of a shrinking Baltimore City core that trickles down the I-95 corridor before blossoming around the D.C. Beltway in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles Counties. Vast swaths of the state are essentially foreign turf to the party.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly's post at the Free Stater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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