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In fundraising pitch, Franchot mentions possible run for governor

Comptroller Peter Franchot said he is “strongly considering a run for governor in 2022.”

Franchot, now in his fourth term as the state’s top tax collector, expressed his interest in a campaign fundraising email sent Wednesday afternoon to potential donors.

“Given our record, and given the challenges and opportunities facing our great state, I am strongly considering running for governor in 2022,” Franchot said.

“But, as you know, mounting a gubernatorial bid against the Annapolis Machine wouldn’t be easy,” he continued. “It’s no secret that the political insiders that make up the Annapolis Machine aren’t my biggest fans, and they will surely mount an impressive effort to support their anointed candidate.”

Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat, has built a populist brand and touts his bipartisan work with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and a willingness to tweak members of his own party in the legislature. He frequently talks about garnering more votes than any other Democratic candidate in statewide elections.

The comptroller has been coy about his interest in running for governor while he travels the state, including to a fundraiser last week at the Maryland Association of Counties’ summer conference.

“If I decide to run for governor, I will work for every vote and every dollar to ensure a successful campaign,” Franchot said. “As I continue these discussions with friends, supporters, and Marylanders across our state, my finance team is working diligently to raise money for my campaign.”

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