Maryland government is in need of fundamental reforms, from redistricting, to campaign finance, to greater accountability to the people. Whoever becomes governor in 2014 will have an opportunity to deliver those reforms. But with every new endorsement from the party establishment bestowed upon Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, it becomes ever more clear that he will not be the guy to make big changes. The establishment has circled the wagons around Brown because they expect him to return the favor and protect their every perk, preference and peccadillo. That is not what Maryland needs.

Over the past few years, Maryland has been cited by good government organizations for its antiquated party-machine style of governance; this is an embarrassment to a great state, and it needs to change. But it won’t change with a continuation of the O’Malley administration and another governor who is more committed to the party machine than to the people.

As much as it frustrates me to write it, it has become abundantly clear that Brown is the candidate of, by and for the status quo. In 2014, we deserve better than business as usual. I have been critical of Attorney General Doug Gansler in the past, but no one can accuse him of being in anyone’s pocket. And the status quo has never been something with which he’s been comfortable. In 2014, Gansler’s greatest selling point may indeed be, “I’m the guy the establishment wants to beat.”

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.