Md. GOP continues search for attorney general candidate after one prospect passes

The Maryland Republican Party will continue its efforts to recruit a candidate for attorney general this year after a leading prospect decided not to run, the party’s executive director said Saturday.

Richard J. Douglas, a Republican lawyer who resides in College Park, announced late this week that he would not enter the race, which so far has attracted four Democrats and no Republicans. Douglas said last month that he was exploring a bid.

“Exploring a race for the privilege of serving as Maryland attorney general left me with the clear conviction that, under current circumstances, I would be obliged to put campaign responsibilities ahead of responsibilities to my new family,” Douglas said in a statement Friday. “I am unwilling to do that.”

Joe Cluster, the executive director of the Maryland GOP, said that he has no intention of seeing a repeat of four years ago, when Republicans did not field a candidate. That led to Douglas F. Gansler, the Democratic incumbent, running unopposed.

“We will have somebody run,” Cluster said.

The filing deadline for the June primary is Feb. 25.

The four Democrats in the race are Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) and Dels. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore County) and C. William Frick (D-Montgomery). Gansler is running for governor.

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