At next week’s Democratic convention in Charlotte, Maryland’s gubernatorial hopefuls will continue their efforts to get a leg up on 2014.
Both Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) are among those scheduled to host breakfasts for the state delegation — Brown on Tuesday, Gansler on Wednesday.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), meanwhile, will try to spread good cheer at a late-night reception that he is hosting Thursday at an Irish pub.
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) is among the hosts of the state party’s “marquee luncheon” on Tuesday that will pay tribute to the late Sargent Shriver. And Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) will be on hand as well.
Like the recent Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City, the Democratic convention will provide a relatively small but captive audience of politically connected people whose support could be helpful down the road for those interested in succeeding Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).
O’Malley, who is term-limited and eying national office in 2016, also plans to host a late-night reception for fellow Marylanders, on Wednesday at a Charlotte saloon. O’Malley’s March, the governor’s Celtic rock band, is scheduled to perform.
The state’s two Democratic senators, Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, are teaming up to host another of the delegation’s breakfasts, on Thursday. And another Democratic pair — Isiah Leggett of Montgomery County and Kevin Kamenetz of Baltimore County — are sharing host duties at a Monday night gathering for Maryland delegates at a bar and grill.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is showing some hospitality as well. She is sponsoring at post-convention session gathering Tuesday at a Charlotte pizza joint.