The official convention starts on Tuesday, but already various state delegations are holding meetings strategizing about how to maximize participation from the party faithful. President Obama should have little trouble in winning the state. The stakes are higher however for the states chief executive.
|Mfume, Sen. Raskin and Lt. Gov. Brown|
|Ho. Co. Exe, Ullman & Fmr. Gov. Glendening|
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown arrived in "rock star fashion" with an entourage. He could be biggest beneficiary of a well received speech by the governor. "We're hearing from a lot of people who are urging me to run." (don't want to put a damper on the enthusiasm, no Lieutenant Governor has succeed in becoming Governor?) Missing from this event the other potential contender, Peter Franchot, the states comptroller. MIA.
|State's Atty Alsobrooks and Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake|
I was there in 2004 when the then Mayor was asked to speak to then DNC gathered to crown Senator John Carey as the parties nominee. The speech was not memorable and luckily it was overshadowed by another speech delivered by an upcoming star, State Senator Barack Obama of Illinios.
There were too many metaphors (something about alabasters?)'and never seem to capture anyone's imagination nor attention. This is different. The Governor of Maryland has had an opportunity to hone his verbal debating skills on the Sunday Morning Political Television Shows. He's hit back against GOP rivals in surrounding states (Virginia, and New Jersey). "There's a reason he's the head of the National Governors Association," says former Governor Glendening. "He's only 25 minutes from DC."
The simple truth, this is an opportunity to set a stage for next chapter in the O'Malley legacy. And I'm not talking about the muscle t-shirt wearing leader of the band, O'Malley's March. (FYI, they're supposed to play in Charlotte.)