Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who is widely expected to run for governor in 2014, has hired David Paulson, a veteran of Maryland Democratic politics, as his new communications director.

Paulson will replace Raquel Guillory, who started this week as communications director to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

Since 2009, Paulson has served as communications director at the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Prior to that, he did communications work for the Maryland Democratic Party.

With several candidates gearing up to run for governor, such personnel moves will get heightened scrutiny in the months ahead.

The Democratic primary could be crowded. Besides Gansler, those angling to potentially succeed O’Malley include Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D).

Paulson starts his new post in the attorney general’s office next week.