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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Where are you going to?

Sen. Brian Frosh, the dynamic chair of Judicial Proceedings, received some unexpected touting for Attorney General from the Gazette last week.
Having Frosh in the race for attorney general raises a lot of political
intrigue. He is a noted environmentalist who would be portrayed as a consumer
advocate, differing from law-and-order candidates like Ivey and Gansler.

There are certainly rumblings for change in the legislature in Maryland, no more so than in southern Montgomery County. While the Post predicts new efforts at diversifying the legislature, challenges for longterm incumbents seem likely from a variety of quarters.

Predictions for who will take Ike Leggett's place at the helm of the Maryland Democratic Party in its important effort to unseat Gov. Ehrlich abound. Today even Roll Call has its share of predictions, but with no attribution. This writer cannot help but hope that the lessons of 2000--that trying to be all things to all Marylanders means that the party will be nothing to many--have been learned. And what about Leggett for Montgomery County Executive?

In Maryland, Democratic Chairman Isiah Leggett has resigned. Four
Montgomery County businessmen have been mentioned as his possible replacement:
Gary Gensler, a former Treasury Department official during the Clinton
administration and treasurer of the state party; Nathan Landow, a developer who
is a former state party chairman and a major national Democratic donor; Terry
Lierman, a former lobbyist and 2000 Congressional candidate who was finance
chairman of Howard Dean’s presidential campaign; and R. Scott Pastrick,
president and CEO of BKSH & Associates, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm,
and former treasurer of the Democratic National Committee.