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Anthony Brown and a missed connection

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was a no-show at Tuesday’s debate and someone did what usually happens these days—posted a notice on Craigslist.

Brown became the subject of the post, which popped up on the “missed connections” section of popular classified ad site, just moments after the conclusion of the debate that was televised by Fox 45 in Baltimore.

You were originally supposed to appear in Northwest Baltimore at 8 p.m. tonight, but never arrived. You are 52 year old male, five foot something tall, and reside in Prince George’s County. You were last seen raising funds from special interests. You also have a hobby of failing assigned tasks in your job as Maryland’s Lt. Governor.

In lieu of contacting me, please reach out and apologize to the hundreds of thousands of Marylanders you let down in failing to provide access to affordable healthcare.

The missed connections section is typically used by people who seeking to locate strangers they had chance encounters with. But the post last night was not meant to see if there was a love connection between two strangers.

The ad was posted anonymously so there’s no way of knowing who was behind what could be thought of as a snarky campaign post. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Douglas F.  Gansler’s campaign did not respond to questions about the post.

Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur debated taxes, the environment, protecting the middle class, early childhood education and crime and violence issues pertaining to Baltimore in what will be the only debate produced in the city. The event was broadcast by Fox 45 in Baltimore.

The pair debated the issues separated by a third podium that was designated for Brown.

Brown attended a nearby forum that appeared to be hastily put together after earlier this month declining the only Baltimore-produced television debate. In an earlier statement, Brown’s campaign said the trio agreed to three broadcast debates—one each in the Washington and Baltimore markets and a third broadcast statewide.

Justin Schall, Brown’s campaign manager, said at the time that the agreement used the word “broadcast” generically and does not specify whether the debates would be on television or radio.


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