Wednesday, October 9, 2013

JuiceBlender: MCGEO Raises History of Race in MoCo Politics, Anthony Brown Campaign Chairs, Confusion Over Gansler Staff

UPDATE: In the news roundup below, we flagged an article from PR Week noting that Attorney General Doug Gansler was bringing a former GOP aide onto his gubernatorial campaign team. But a spokesperson for Gansler contacted Maryland Juice to indicate that the PR Week article is mistaken and Johanna Schneider will not be joining Gansler's staff roster. The Gansler campaign states that Ms. Schneider merely offered her services as a volunteer.

Below Maryland Juice highlights a few items that may be of interest to Free State politicos:

JUICE #1: MOCO COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES UNION RAISES ISSUE OF RACE IN POLITICS - With all of the attention that the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee has received in recent months, there has been much discussion about the role of race and other demographic factors in how we build a local political farm team. At last night's MCDCC meeting to appoint a District 15 Delegate, MCGEO (a union representing MoCo government employees) handed out the following feisty letter re-opening the topic:

JUICE #2: LT. GOVERNOR ANTHONY BROWN RELEASES LIST OF COUNTY CAMPAIGN CHAIRS FOR GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN - Today Maryland Juice received a press release from Anthony Brown's gubernatorial campaign announcing the names of the various campaign co-chairs he has assembled in each Maryland county (excerpt below):


Brown Ulman campaign announces Campaign Chairs in all 23 Counties and Baltimore City

Upper Marlboro, MD: Today, the Brown Ulman campaign announced its County Campaign Chairs, a broad cross-section of community leaders, small business owners, and state, county, and local elected officials who will work together to build and organize the surging grassroots support for Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for Governor. The 45 County Chairs and co-chairs, who represent all 23 Maryland counties plus Baltimore City, are united in backing Anthony Brown for Governor because of his record of real results including his work to expand access to healthcare, reduce domestic violence, spur middle-class job creation and help lead our public schools to be ranked #1 in the nation for five years in a row.....

The Brown Ulman Campaign Co-Chairs
  • Jim Bestpitch, Allegany County Co-Chair
  • Mayor Brian Grim, Allegany County Co-Chair
  • Alderwoman Sheila M. Finlayson, Anne Arundel County Co-Chair
  • Mike Miller, Anne Arundel County Co-Chair
  • Tim O’Malley, Jr., Anne Arundel County Co-Chair
  • Speaker Pro-Tem Adrienne Jones, Baltimore County Co-Chair
  • Councilmember Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County Co-Chair
  • Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, Baltimore County Co-Chair
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Co-Chair
  • Del. Maggie McIntosh, Baltimore City Co-Chair
  • Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, Baltimore City Co-Chair
  • Marie Duffield, Calvert County Co-Chair
  • Eloise Evans, Calvert County Co-Chair
  • Mayor Debbie Rowe, Caroline County Chair
  • Greg Pecoraro, Carroll County Chair
  • Commissioner Travis Marion, Cecil County Chair
  • Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton, Charles County Co-Chair
  • Reverend Reginald Kearney, Charles County Co-Chair
  • Reverend Yvonne Wallace Penn, Dorchester County Co-Chair
  • Dion Banks, Dorchester County Co-Chair
  • Geb Byron, Frederick County Co-Chair
  • Elizabeth Chung, Frederick County Co-Chair
  • Catrina Aquilino, Garrett County Chair
  • Councilmember Mary Ann Lisanti, Harford County Chair
  • Councilmember Calvin Ball, Howard County Co-Chair
  • Del. Guy Guzzone, Howard County Co-Chair
  • Mary Marker, Howard County Co-Chair
  • Art Hock, Kent County Chair
  • Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Montgomery County Co-Chair
  • Mayor Peter Fosselman, Montgomery County Co-Chair
  • Council President Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Co-Chair
  • State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Co-Chair
  • Councilmember Derrick Leon Davis, Prince George’s County Co-Chair
  • Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, Prince George’s County Co-Chair
  • Stephen Meehan, Queen Anne’s County Chair
  • Commissioner Craig Mathies, Somerset County Chair
  • Commission President Jack Russell, St. Mary’s County Chair
  • Carl Widell, Talbot County Co-Chair
  • Joyce Scharch, Talbot County Co-Chair
  • Del. John Donoghue, Washington County Co-Chair
  • Bruce Poole, Washington County Co-Chair
  • Carolyn Brooks, Washington County Co-Chair
  • County Executive Rick Pollitt, Wicomico County Co-Chair
  • Councilmember Sheree Sample-Hughes, Wicomico County Co-Chair
  • Commissioner James Purnell, Worcester County Chair

JUICE #3: ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG GANSLER HIRES GOP CAMPAIGN AIDE FOR GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN - NOTE: See an update to this news item at the top of this post.  PR Week reported today Attorney General Doug Gansler has added a staff member with an interesting resume to his gubernatorial campaign team (excerpt below):
PR WEEK: Johanna Schneider is exiting her post as MD and market leader of Burson-Marsteller's Washington, DC, office to join the gubernatorial campaign of Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler.

Schneider will leave the position by the month's end, she told PRWeek. Beyond the fact that she will provide communications support for Gansler's fundraising efforts, other specifics of her work, including her title, are still being discussed, she said. Burson is determining who will succeed her....

“It's a real passion project for me to support my friend, who I share a lot of values with,” she said. Schneider added that she was also drawn to his pro-business initiatives, such as his plan to cut corporate taxes should he be elected as Maryland's governor.

It's also a chance for Schneider to re-enter the political world. She previously served as press secretary for former Republican Rep. Robert Michel (R-IL) and worked on an unsuccessful congressional campaign in the early 1980s....

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