Thursday, September 19, 2013

JuiceBlender: Gansler Hints at Runningmate, Frick & Braveboy for Atty General, Mikulski Endorsing Brown, Franchot Kickoff

Below Maryland Juice provides a few news tidbits and an event this Saturday relating to statewide candidates for Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller:

JUICE #1: ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG GANSLER RELEASES CAMPAIGN KICKOFF VIDEO  //  NOTE: DEL. KIEFFER MITCHELL IS ALL OVER IT - Attorney General Doug Gansler is announcing his campaign for Maryland Governor next week, with multiple campaign stops on Tuesday, September 24th. But Gansler took to Twitter today to release a very interesting kickoff video for his campaign:

IS GANSLER HINTING AT HIS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CHOICE? - Gansler's video (viewable below) highlights a lacrosse league he started in Baltimore, his work combating domestic violence as State's Attorney, a testimonial by Sen. Rich Madaleno noting Gansler's early support for marriage equality, support from former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings, and .... Delegate Kieffer Mitchell. Notably, Mitchell has been named as one of Doug Gansler's potential running mates, though at least one source is very skeptical that Mitchell has signed on for the Lt. Gov. spot.

Also of note in Gansler's campaign video is a segment where he highlights problems in Maryland. The following issues appear to be previewing criticisms Gansler may level at the O'Malley-Brown administration: 1) Jobs leaving the state, 2) Maryland having the #2 educational achievement gap in the nation, and 3) Maryland having America's worst traffic congestion. You can watch Gansler's kickoff video below:

JUICE #2: U.S. SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI TO ENDORSE LT. GOVERNOR ANTHONY BROWN IN MOCO, TWO DAYS AHEAD OF GANSLER KICKOFF - Two days ahead of Doug Gansler's campaign kickoff, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is hosting a campaign event in Montgomery County, this Sunday, September 22nd. The Washington Post reports that the event in Silver Spring will likely be to announce an endorsement from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown’s gubernatorial campaign plans to unveil Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski as its latest supporter at an event Sunday, according to several people familiar with the planned endorsement.

The backing of Mikulski (D-Md.), who rarely chooses sides in Democratic primaries, is scheduled to be announced in Silver Spring two days before Douglas F. Gansler, Brown’s chief rival for the 2014 nomination, plans to formally launch his campaign for governor. Brown (D) advertised the event in an e-mail to supporters last week, promising “an exciting campaign announcement” Sunday at noon....

JUICE #3: COMPTROLLER PETER FRANCHOT KICKS OF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN WITH A NEW VIDEO - Peter Franchot kicked off his re-election bid today with a video highlighting his accomplishments. Among these, Franchot includes: 1) making it easier to file taxes and get refunds quicker, 2) collecting money from tax-dodgers, 3) fighting wasteful spending, and 4) not being a rubber stamp for "Annapolis insiders." Watch Peter Franchot's kickoff video below:

JUICE #4: DELEGATES BILL FRICK AND AISHA BRAVEBOY TO JOIN RACE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL - The Washington Post's John Wagner reported today that Delegates Bill Frick (Montgomery County) and Aisha Braveboy (Prince George's County) will be joining Sen. Brian Frosh and Del. Jon Cardin (Baltimore County) in the race for Attorney General (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: Del. C. William Frick (D-Montgomery) filed his paperwork with the State Board of Elections on Wednesday, and Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) said she plans to file as a 2014 candidate by the end of the day Thursday.... Frick, a member of the House of Delegates since 2007, said he would make a formal announcement about his campaign in coming weeks....

JUICE #5: THIS SATURDAY, NARAL PRO-CHOICE MARYLAND GALA TO DRAW ATTENDEES RANGING FROM FRANCHOT & MIZEUR TO ULMAN & GANSLER - Maryland Juice received an invitation to a NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland "Evening of Chocolate Gala" this Saturday night, and it appears that many of our statewide Democratic candidates will be attending this event (tickets still available online). The NARAL Gala will be this Saturday night at 8 pm in Sandy Spring, Maryland (details below):

Chocolate for Choice

Gubernatorial Candidates, Elected Officials, and Others Celebrate Reproductive Rights and Honor Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua Sharfstein, and Reproductive Healthcare Provider, Allie Harper.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s 24th annual Evening of Chocolate Gala this Saturday at 8pm celebrates the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the achievements of Secretary Joshua Sharfstein and Allie Harper. Also attending are Comptroller Peter Franchot, gubernatorial candidates Delegate Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, candidate for Lt. Governor, and more than 200 NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland supporters.

“The Supreme Court’s Roe decision 40 years ago is a good foundation to protect reproductive freedom, but the issue of choice and reproductive health continues to be a matter of concern,” says Jodi Finkelstein, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. “The Evening of Chocolate is a wonderful time to reflect on our successes, but we also need to focus on the work at hand. Nationally, a women’s fundamental right to choose is at stake. We need to continue to ensure a woman’s right to make decisions about her reproductive health remains unfettered by government intervention.”
WHO: Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD., Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Delegate Heather Mizeur, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Over 200 NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland supporters
WHERE: The Oak Room, 17921 Brooke Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

WHAT: NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s Annual Evening of Chocolate Gala

WHEN: September 21, 2013, 8:00-11:00 pm
Current and former elected officials sponsoring the Gala include: Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Sarbanes, Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Erwin, Delegate Ariana Kelly, Senator Karen Montgomery, Delegate Anne Kaiser, Delegate Eric Luedtke, Delegate Craig Zucker, Senator Robert Garagiola, Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Delegate Brian Feldman, Delegate Aruna Miller, Senator Nancy King, Delegate Charles Barkley, Delegate Kirill Reznik, Delegate Shane Robinson, Senator Roger Manno, Howard County Councilwoman Courtney Watson, Cheverly Councilwoman Mary Jane Coolen, Delegate Ben Kramer, Delegate Bill Frick, Delegate Guy Guzzone, Delegate Jim Gilchrist, Delegate Luiz R.S. Simmons, Delegate Shelia Hixson, Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich, The Honorable Duchy Trachtenberg, and The Honorable Cheryl C. Kagan.

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is the political leader of the pro-choice movement in Maryland and works to develop and sustain a constituency that works to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. Money raised at the event supports NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s advocacy work.


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