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Leggett, Baker not among early endorsers in 2014 governor’s race in Maryland

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has not endorsed a candidate for governor. ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan )

In the early stages of Maryland’s 2014 gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) has corralled dozens of endorsements, including from a majority of Democratic county-level officials across the state, his campaign announced last week.

But there are still some big names out there, including the leaders of the state’s two largest jurisdictions: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D).

Leggett said Tuesday that he’s told Brown he has no immediate plans to make an endorsement.

“He knows. I’ve told him that. I have not made my mind up yet,” Leggett said, adding that he feels obligated to meet with the two Montgomery-based hopefuls in the race, Attorney General Douglas G. Gansler (D) and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery).

“Heather wants to talk to me, and obviously Doug wants to talk,” Leggett said. “I’ll talk to them and make a determination.”

Leggett said he’s been preoccupied with getting his own 2014 reelection campaign on its feet. He’s been interviewing prospective campaign managers and wants to make a decision before he goes on a 10-day economic development trip to China next month.

Baker similarly has yet to weigh in on the race.

On Monday, he said he had recently had a “great” conversation with Brown, a former delegate from Prince George’s, about the governor’s race.

But Baker added that he, too, wants to talk to Gansler and Mizeur before making up his mind. Baker, who’s also on the ballot himself in 2014, offered no timeframe on making a gubernatorial endorsement.

He said he was busy Monday seeing that his county’s schools opened smoothly. He spoke briefly about politics at the end of a tour of the new Oxon Hill High School with Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

Brown declared his candidacy for governor in May. Mizeur got into the race last month. Gansler does not plan to officially announce until late next month. He has said it would not make sense to announce endorsements before formally entering the race.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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