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Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who aides say is nearing the end of a search for a running mate in the governor's race, had a lengthy meeting on the topic a week and a half ago with Baltimore lawyer Stuart O. Simms.

Simms is a former state's attorney in Baltimore who held two Cabinet posts under Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D): secretary of juvenile justice and secretary of public safety and correctional services.

Aides to Duncan (D) confirmed the meeting, which took place at Duncan headquarters in Silver Spring, but said that an offer has not been made to Simms and that other candidates are being considered.

Duncan's campaign manager, Scott Arceneaux, described the selection process as "very far along" but would offer no details on the timing of an announcement. The campaign initially promised a lieutenant governor pick before the mid-January start of the legislative session. With the session ending this month, pressure is increasing on Duncan to announce his choice.

Duncan's Democratic rival, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, announced his pick of Del. Anthony G. Brown (D-Prince George's) in December. Brown is now available to campaign full- time. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is also looking for a running mate, given that Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Simms, a Harvard Law School graduate, has not returned several phone calls for comment in recent days.
Simms is a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy. He has expressed ambivalence about returning to the public sector after joining a private practice, according to people familiar with the selection process.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  April 22, 2006; 10:34 PM ET
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Well if Scott Simms is the pick, then Duncan's campaign manager Scott Arceneaux flat out lied back in December when he said the three finalists on Duncan's shortlist were: Sen. Gwendolyn Britt, Freeman Hrabowski III, and Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr.

Of course Arceneaux also lied about when the pick would be made, before the start of the GEneral Assembly session.

Can someone from the Duncan campaign please explain to me why Scott Arceneaux is still running Duncan's campaign?

Posted by: Fred | April 23, 2006 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm not from the Duncan campaign, but my guess is that the bad press that would result from letting Arceneaux go is enough of a concern to keep him on board. But he may not actually be running things.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 23, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Duncan has cut O'Malley's lead in half according to the Gonzales poll. That sounds like good momentum to me.

Posted by: Paul | April 23, 2006 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If I'm Doug Duncan, I'd still hold back on nominating my Lt. Gov pick until mid-May. Let O'Malley make a big deal out of it and share the spotlight with Duncan. Look at this way, they've gained 10 points in the polls in two months and there is nothing indicating this trend will stop. When the trend slows down then use your Lt Gov pick to speed the process up, that is unless you desperately need said person for fundraising.

DD raises within 50% of Martin by end of this reportin quarter and I think we have a race down to the end.

Posted by: Bryan | April 23, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Duncan has barely made a dent in O'Malley's lead in every other poll. That sounds like no momentum to anyone else.

Posted by: Baltimore Voter | April 23, 2006 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Duncan will lose this election, but his unanswered attacks on O'Malley could cost O'Malley the election vs. Ehrlich . . .

So if I were running the O'Malley campaign, I'd revise this "Don't Mention Duncan" strategy because these unanswered attacks on Baltimore are damaging.

Posted by: Duncan Will Lose | April 24, 2006 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Geez, just heard that Duncan fired his two senior staff today -- Arceanaux and Couser.

My god, this is a disaster.

Posted by: Duncan Will Lose Because Duncan Is A Loser | April 24, 2006 1:45 PM | Report abuse

whoa! Are you serious "Duncan Will Lose..."? Did he fire Arceaneux, etc.? Can you or anyone else provide some corroboration. That would be the worst story for Doug just as he is trying to convince folks that he has finally got some traction in this race.

Posted by: Baltimore voter | April 24, 2006 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Well if it is true that Arceneaux has been fired, let me be the first to say: It's about frigging time! Arceneaux has been an absolute disaster since the day he was chosen by Duncan.

The good news is that Duncan still has five months before the Priamry election to find a campaign manager that actually has a clue what to do. When you put their records next to each other, Duncan obviously has a superiror record to O'Malley. Duncan's problem has been an absolutely inept campaign staff, lead by Scott Arceneaux. Hopefully someone new will help Duncan muich better than Scott Arceneaux could ever do.

Posted by: Fred | April 24, 2006 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Duncan Will Lose...,

Where did you hear about this. I've visited just about every site that I know that follows Maryland political news and couldn't find any information about Arcebeaux being fired. Did you hear this directly from the Duncan campaign? Do you have a link?

Posted by: Fred | April 24, 2006 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The campaign tells the Post's reporters that is not true.

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | April 24, 2006 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Just when I got my hopes up. I guess Duncan really doesn't want to win if he is still sticking with Scott Arceneaux after he has basically destroyed Duncan's campaign.

Posted by: Fred | April 24, 2006 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Phyllis for the clarification.

Posted by: Baltimore Voter | April 24, 2006 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course it should be noted, the Duncan campaign also said they would have a running mate before the General Assembly session started, which turned out to be a lie. Even though they told The Washington Post that this rumor is false, it could be a case of another Duncan lie.

Duncan's camapign of accurate statements leaves something to be desired....

Posted by: Fred | April 24, 2006 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Usually, these kinds of rumors are denied, but ultimately, they prove true, whether it be a week from now or two weeks from now.

Duncan clearly needs to do a major house cleaning.

Posted by: Duncan's March | April 24, 2006 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Duncan has barely made a dent in O'Malley's lead in every other poll. That sounds like no momentum to anyone else."
-Baltimore Voter

Bvoter, you don't happen to work for Friends of O'Malley do you? Everyone knows that Duncan has made significant strides recently and even the infamously pro-Martin BaltSun has reported it.

Posted by: Bryan | April 26, 2006 5:02 PM | Report abuse

CMON Post, did you see the Examiner's story today about rumors started that Duncan would resign? O'Malley's campaign blamed it on bloggers. Look what they posted here! This is O'Malley's staff using dirty tricks politics and your paper isn't going to actually call them out on it? Do your job.

Posted by: Bryan | May 31, 2006 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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