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Gansler hires veteran broadcast journalist Bob Wheelock for Md. governor’s campaign

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler appears in Crisfield, Md.. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), who plans to formally launch his 2014 candidacy for governor next week, has hired veteran broadcast news journalist Bob Wheelock as his communications director, the campaign said Wednesday.

Wheelock, a Maryland native, has helped shape national and international coverage at several networks, as well as guide morning television programs.

His credits include senior producer for ABC News’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week With David Brinkley,” as well as eight years as the senior broadcast producer for ABC’s political and White House coverage.

Wheelock has also served as senior producer for “The Today Show” on NBC and overseen international coverage for the network as its London bureau chief. Most recently, he served as senior executive producer for news and special projects at the newly launched Al Jazeera America cable news channel.

Wheelock told The Post that in the course of covering many campaigns during his career, he has always been intrigued about working on one.

“I knew that I couldn’t just work for anyone , it had to be someone I believe in and whose values I share, so working with Doug is a good fit,” Wheelock said. “He is passionate about what he does and about the people and state he represents. ... I was raised in Maryland and love the state.”

In a statement, Gansler said he was “thrilled” to have Wheelock on board.

“He is one of the most respected and well-liked individuals in the journalism business and a top-notch political mind,” Gansler said.

Gansler plans to kick of a 17-stop announcement tour Tuesday in Rockville.

He faces a competitive Democratic primary next year against two candidates who have already launched their campaigns: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

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



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