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Del. Cardin takes steps toward 2014 run for AG

ANNAPOLIS — State Del. Jon Cardin has launched an exploratory committee to consider running for Maryland attorney general in 2014.

State Del. Jon Cardin

Cardin, a lawyer and Democrat, announced the committee’s formation Monday. He joined the state House of Delegates in 2003 and is serving his third term. He holds the Baltimore County seat once occupied by his uncle, now-U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who served from 1967 until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. Ben Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and re-elected to a second six-year term earlier this month.

According to a report in the Gazette newspapers of Montgomery County, Jon Cardin will be holding a fundraiser for the exploratory committee on Dec. 4 at a private home in Baltimore.

Del. Cardin, 42, earned his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a law degree from the University of Maryland. He also has master’s degrees in policy sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in Judaic studies from Baltimore Hebrew University.

In the House, Cardin is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and chairs its Election Law Subcommittee, among his other assignments. He has chaired the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus since 2005.

State Sen. Brian E. Frosh, who chairs the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, is also eyeing a run for attorney general if the incumbent, Douglas F. Gansler, opts to run for governor in 2014.

Frosh, D-Montgomery County, formed an exploratory committee in October and held a fundraiser earlier this month.

One comment

  1. The citizens of Maryland are looking for an AG that will take Maryland from the bottom ranking nationally for fraud and corruption to a ranking that positions the state as a leader in democratic principles. As such, one would not go with a career political family in search for those goals.

    We have not heard one word from the Cardin family, Joe or Jon, decrying the failure to hold corporations accountable for trillions of dollars in fraud….billions each year in Maryland alone. How can someone run as an AG and not do so? How about the watering-down of a Financial Reform bill that now addresses none of the causes of the largest fraud in American history. None of Maryland laws strengthen the definition of frauds or lifts the caps that caused the failure to prosecute and exact meaningful penalty.

    One can look towards University of Maryland Law Professor Greenberger and see a jurist who actually spells out all of this and embraces the need to correct the failures as an example of AG candidates for Maryland’s AG. So, we have so far two career politicians steeped in silence over Rule of Law violations running for AG…..we are shouting for better candidates!