Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz isn’t in any apparent rush to endorse a candidate for governor in the 2014 Democratic primary.
The first-term Democrat executive was coy about his endorsement when asked in a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Record. [Subscriber access.]
“When’s the filing deadline?” Kamenetz replied when asked about throwing his support behind a candidate.
Currently there are three Democrats running for governor: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and his running mate Howard County Executive Ken Ulman; Attorney General Doug Gansler and his running mate Prince George’s County Del. Jolene Ivey; and Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur and her running mate, Baptist minister Rev. Delman Coates.
Baltimore County has played a larger roll in electing the governor in the last three elections. Additionally, the county is home to one of the largest voter turnouts in the last three elections. In 2010, a state-leading 271,666 voters turned out for the general election in Baltimore County. In 2006 and 2002, the county was second in the number of raw voters that voted in each of those general elections, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections.
Kamenentz is one of three Democratic county executives to not yet issue an endorsement. Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker have yet to endorse in the race.
But Gansler may have expectations of an endorsement from Kamenetz. After all, Gansler endorsed the current Baltimore County executive in the 2010 Democratic primary.
But Kamenetz wouldn’t hint at his preference during an interview and said it was early for such talk.
That was the same thing he said 2011 when he declined to endorse Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in her first election campaign for mayor. Ultimately, every other Democratic county executive endorsed Rawlings-Blake except for Kamenetz.
Don Mohler, a senior aide to Kamenetz, said during the interview that any endorsement would come “at the appropriate time.”
Maybe Kamenetz is keeping his powder dry until Dutch Ruppersberger makes his final decision sometime between now and February.