No less than four Democrats are readying campaigns to be Maryland’s next attorney general, leaving some political observers with an obvious question:
Where’s the Republican party?
Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, on Monday became the first to formally announce his candidacy to become the state’s top lawyer. Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. C. William “Bill” Frick, both Montgomery County Democrats, and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy, a Prince George’s County Democrat, are also expected to run.
But no Republican has stepped up — at least publicly — to seek the job held by Douglas F. Gansler since 2007.
“It speaks to the sorry state of the Republican party in Maryland,” said Todd Eberly, assistant professor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “You’re not going to have Doug Gansler … you’ve got an open race, the potential for a divisive Democratic primary.
“If they want anyone to ever take them seriously, they’ve got to win some statewide offices every now and then, which means trying to build a bench instead of running these throwaway challenges.”
The Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday that state Republican leaders have said a few potential candidates have come forward privately and that someone would soon do so publicly.
Exactly who that candidate might be, however, is a mystery to many.
“I cannot think of who in the world would even be sort of that candidate,” Eberly said.