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Frosh contemplates attorney-general run

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chair Brian E. Frosh, D-Montgomery, said Thursday that he is seriously contemplating a run to succeed Douglas F. Gansler as Maryland attorney general in 2014.

“I would like to do it,” Frosh said of a run. “I think I can do it. But I’m not ready to pull the trigger just yet.”

Frosh said he believes it might be time for him to start enforcing as attorney general  the laws that he has helped draft during his 25 years in the General Assembly.

The senator said he has thought about running for several weeks but that it was not until last Monday that he starting making calls to gauge support, which he called “positive.”

Gansler is expected to forgo a third-term as attorney general in 2014, opting instead to seek the governorship. Gov. Martin O’Malley is barred from running for a third term in 2014.

“My intent is not to run against Doug Gansler,” Frosh said. “Reading the tea leave it seems all but certain that he [Gansler] is running for governor so it leaves a vacancy.”

A potential Frosh run was first reported Thursday on the blog Maryland Juice, written by David Moon, a self-described Montgomery County progressive political consultant.

To run for attorney general, Frosh would have to forgo seeking re-election in 2014. That would leave a vacancy at the helm of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he has chaired since 2003.

Possible successors include Sens. Lisa A. Gladden, D-Baltimore, the panel’s vice chair; and Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin, who had until recently been considering his own run for attorney general.

Raskin, a colon-cancer survivor, said he decided just in the past weeks to remain in the Senate.

“I love the Senate,” Raskin, D-Montgomery, said Thursday.  “I’m just hitting my stride as a senator.”

Raskin said he hopes Frosh runs, adding that he would be Frosh’s “most fervent supporter.”

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said Thursday that he, too, is considering a run for attorney general but that a Frosh candidacy would be a factor he “would have to seriously think about” and might militate against his running.

McCarthy called Frosh a friend and “a well-qualified guy” who “would be a wonderful candidate” for attorney general.

“I’m just not prepared publicly to decide,” McCarthy said of his own potential run. “I am not prepared to make that decision today.”

Frosh, 65, has been in the Senate since 1995 after serving the previous eight years in the House of Delegates. He is a name partner in the Bethesda office of the law firm Karp, Frosh, Wigodsky & Norwind PA.