Braveboy, Frick among those angling to succeed Gansler as attorney general


A crowded field of Democrats is emerging to succeed Douglas F. Gansler, center, as Maryland’s attorney general. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo For the Washington Post)
February 12, 2013

Two Maryland delegates — C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) and Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) — have in recent days re-affirmed their interest in running for attorney general next year, creating the potential for a crowded Democratic primary.

Two other lawmakers — Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County) — have been more overt about their intentions, publicly touting ongoing exploratory committees in recent months.

Braveboy, a member of the House of Delegates since 2007 and chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus, told The Washington Post on Monday night that she intends to file to run for the office currently held by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who is ramping up to run for governor.

“There’s no point being sneaky about it,” Braveboy said.

Frick, meanwhile created some buzz in social media circles for a speech he gave over the weekend at a convention of the Young Democrats of Maryland.

Frick urged his audience to “embrace the underdog candidates” and said: “I’m standing before you as someone who’s interested in running for state attorney general in 2014.”

Contrary to some reports, Frick said the speech did not mark his entrance into the race. He said he is continuing to gear up to run, as he has been for some time.

Frick and Braveboy have both previously expressed interest in running for attorney general but have not generated the same media attention as Frosh and Cardin.

In his speech, which is available on YouTube, Frick contrasted the attorney general’s job with that of a delegate, who must fight powerful lobbyists in Annapolis to get things done.

“A good attorney general can go out and fight for justice and fight for consumers, fight for the little guy, and there’s no lobbyist who can get in their way,” he said.

Frick was appointed to the House in 2007 and won election in 2010.

He represents the same legislative district as Frosh, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, whose exploratory committee includes many members of the Maryland Democratic establishment.

In his speech, Frick took a dig at Cardin, a delegate since 2003, who is the nephew of U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.).

“I don’t have a famous uncle, but I have conviction,” Frick told the Young Democrats.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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