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O’Malley supports Brown for higher office

Gov. Martin O’Malley can’t run for Maryland’s top post again — but he’s preparing supporters to jump on the bandwagon of his lieutenant governor, Anthony G. Brown.

In an e-mail from his campaign account, O’Malley — not surprisingly — threw his support behind Brown, who in May launched a campaign website in what appeared to be the former Prince George’s County lawmaker’s first tangible step toward a run for governor in 2014.

“No matter what lies ahead for Anthony in public service, I know that I will be with him 100 percent, because I believe that our State, our communities, and all Marylanders will benefit greatly with Anthony bringing people together to work for our shared priorities,” O’Malley wrote.

O’Malley’s e-mail paints Brown as a loyal partner who aided the administration’s efforts to decrease unemployment and construct the framework for health care reform in Maryland.

The letter never specifically mentions a run for governor in 2014, but implies that Brown ought to make himself a candidate.

“I urge Anthony to continue his public service and pursue the greatest possible level of public responsibility,” O’Malley wrote.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, both Democrats, may also make a run for O’Malley’s seat. Harford County Executive David R. Craig appears to be the Republican front runner.

O’Malley, who two weeks ago set up a federal political action committee, is being mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016.