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Gansler, eyeing race for governor, names Democratic veteran as campaign manager

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (file photo) (Susan Biddle/For The Washington Post)

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who has held off on officially announcing his 2014 bid for governor, said Friday that he has hired a campaign manager.

Carrie Glenn, a veteran Democratic strategist who recently worked in Montana and Kentucky, will lead Gansler’s efforts in Maryland.

In a statement, Gansler said Glenn has “a long record of success running sophisticated statewide grassroots campaigns.”

“In the weeks and months to come I look forward to working with Carrie to communicate my record of fighting to protect Maryland families and my vision for making Maryland a state where everyone has an opportunity to find a job, get a good education, and live in safe and secure communities,” Gansler said.

The announcement followed a week in which Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Gansler’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, named his 2014 running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D). Brown last month became the first major candidate to announce his bid to succeed Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is term-limited.

Two Republican candidates for governor — Harford County Executive David R. Craig (R) and Del. Ronald A. George (R-Anne Arundel) — also entered the race this week.

Advisers to Gansler have said he is not likely to formally announce his campaign until fall.

Last year, Glenn oversaw Montana’s coordinated campaign for Democrats. While President Obama lost the state, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was reelected and Gov. Steve Bullock (D) was elected in tough races.

In 2011, Glenn worked in Kentucky. She previously has held posts on several other campaigns, including the successful mayoral bid of Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans and the Democratic presidential efforts of John Kerry and President Obama.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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