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The Greater Washington Board of Trade's legislative briefing wrapped up this morning with a request for political predictions. First from Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Sheila Hixson (D-Montgomery), who offered more of a wish than a prediction.

The Democratic Party, she said, has two great candidates running for governor -- Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley.

"We'd love to have one of them drop out!" she said with a smile.

Hixson did not state her preference, but added that she'd just like to see a Democrat take back the governor's office.

Governor Ehrlich's chief of staff Chip DiPaula went next. The campaign manager of Ehrlich's 2002 bid predicted that voters would "send a thank you message" to the governor for the past four years and re-elect him to the job.

"I'm sorry to make you wait awhile," DiPaula told Hixson. "It will be one day, a long, long time from now."

For his part, Senate Budget Chairman Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) spoke less to the election than to the dynamics in Annapolis in the coming months.

"In Prince George's and Montgomery County, we need dollars, so we have to work with the governor until the end of the session," he said. "Then we'll go to war."

By Ann Marimow  |  February 6, 2006; 5:34 PM ET
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Very exciting - Maryland Moment’s own Matthew Mosk (lots of M’s) is on the front page of the Washington Post today with a great article. Congratulations! It’s like announcing our kid’s become a Doctor.
Equally important, our Governor is complaining about rudeness again. The Democrats aren’t nice enough to him. He may take his marbles and go back to his old job if they aren’t nicer and don’t stop vetoing his stuff. Tantrums are not becoming in a Governor. Its just plain embarrassing. What is he thinking?

Posted by: proud | February 7, 2006 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Another possibility in the Democratic Primary for Governor is Anthony Brown.

This session of the General Assembly has been unusually dull. It is fair to say that Martin O'Malley and Doug Duncan both expected to define themselves and get a boost to their campaigns from their respective agendas and the passage of whatever they proposed as being new, bold and exciting legislative intitiatives for Maryland. That has not happened; and, the prospects for that happening in the future do not look good.

At the end of the session, Mr. Brown could look around the political battlefield and realize that he is the only Democrat still standing unharmed who can win the Democratic Primary Election and seriously challenge the Governor in the General Election with the prospects of winning.

He may decide to go for it!

Posted by: Marc Jan | February 7, 2006 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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