Seven memorable moments from Monday night’s Md. Democratic gubernatorial debate


Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Del. Heather R. Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The final televised debate among Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls featured several memorable moments on Monday night.

Here are a few highlights from the event, which was broadcast statewide on Maryland Public Television and included Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery).

Gansler opposes selling pot at 7-Elevens

“I don’t think we should go to legalization. Let Colorado and Washington deal with it first and see how it works, then ultimately we revisit that issue and see if we want to have kids going into 7-Eleven and getting a Diet Coke and a bag of Fritos and a bag of pot. Let’s wait a little bit on that.”

— Gansler, voicing opposition to Mizeur’s plan to legalize marijuana

Brown distances himself from estate tax relief

“This year in the General Assembly, we gave tax relief, through the estate tax, to Maryland’s one thousand wealthiest families. … That tax relief for the estate tax never would have made it to Governor Brown’s desk. I would have said to the General Assembly: ‘Don’t send me tax relief for the one thousand wealthiest Marylanders until we look at tax reform for all Marylanders, both individuals and companies.’”

— Brown, explaining his opposition to a bill that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed

Mizeur wants a better minimum wage

“The next governor will be running for re-election before it gets to $10.10 an hour, and she’s not going to stand for that.”

— Mizeur, arguing that the timetable for raising Maryland’s minimum wage needs to be quicker

Mizeur is a lobbyist, but Gansler still loves her

“The second thing I would do is change the culture of Annapolis, which is now being driven by special interests and lobbyists. Now there’s nothing wrong with lobbyists. Delegate Mizeur is a lobbyist. We love Delegate Mizeur. But they’re running Annapolis.”

— Gansler, speaking of his Democratic opponent who has worked as a federal lobbyist

Brown rethinks health exchange role

“In retrospect, like in Connecticut, I’d go back and say appoint me as a member of the health benefits exchange, maybe even the chairman of the exchange, but that’s not the role I served.”

— Brown, saying he should have played a more hands-on role on the health exchange that had a flawed rollout

Gansler frames choice for Election Day

“If we don’t stand up against the Annapolis lobbyists and special interests, Jaz will never have the opportunity to go to a good school in a safe neighborhood with clean air and a revitalized Chesapeake Bay.”

— Gansler, speaking about a 5-year-old nicknamed “Jaz” who plays in a lacrosse league he founded in Baltimore for disadvantaged youth

Mizeur stands with the middle class

“Let me tell you whose side I stand on. I believe that corporations and millionaires should pay their fair share so that we can give middle-class and small-business tax relief.”

— Mizeur, laying out her priorities

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