Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lt. Governor Ulman

My friend, and HoCo loco political operative, Roger Caplan has generally dismissed the notion of Ken Ulman playing backup quarterback to the guv. “I can’t see Ken carrying a clipboard,” he likes to say.

Maybe he can’t but apparently Ken can. The prospect of a Brown-Ulman gubernatorial ticket is beginning to look like a done deal.

According to this story by John Wagner in The Washington Post “several people familiar with talks between Brown and Ulman described the Howard executive as the clear front-runner for the No. 2 spot on Brown’s ticket.”

“Ulman’s interest in the job has been prompted in part, the sources said, by a growing realization of the challenges he would face in winning the nomination and a sense that he is young enough that he could run for governor later in his career.”

It would be a pretty formidable ticket.

"Brown, a former delegate for Prince George’s County who served a tour of duty in Iraq as an Army reservist, is the handpicked successor of O’Malley (D), who is term-limited and weighing a 2016 presidential bid. If elected, Brown, 51, would be Maryland’s first black governor and only the third African American elected governor in the country since Reconstruction.

Ulman has gained recognition for expanding access to health care in his county, among other initiatives. Now 38, Ulman was 32 when first elected, making him the youngest county executive in Maryland’s history."

Those aren't my words. Those are a real reporters perspective and provides a great story line for a campaign.

A narrative like this coupled with the support of the incumbent guv immediately makes Brown-Ulman the front runners.
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