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Frosh weighs run for attorney general in 2014

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

If Sen. Brian E. Frosh runs for attorney general, it will leave a vacancy at the helm of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

“I would like to do it,” Frosh said Thursday. “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 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 it was not until last Monday that he started making calls to gauge support, which he called “positive.”

Gansler is expected to forgo a third term as attorney general, 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 leaves, it seems all but certain that [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.

Raskin opts for Senate

To run for attorney general, Frosh would have to give up 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 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.