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Johnson: I was 'Never Intending' to Run For Governor

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) got the rumor mill churning this summer when he floated the idea of running for statewide office, even prompting speculation that he was considering challenging incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

But Johnson put rumors of that bid to rest recently when he formally--and belatedly--endorsed the governor, weeks after more than 300 other officials had. (See letter below.)

Asked about the endorsement last night after a lively community forum, Johnson said the notion of challenging O'Malley was never on the table.

"I was never intending to run for governor," Johnson said.

That's not a flip-flop, but it's a slight contrast to what Johnson told Maryland Politics back in early August. At that time, after he said he was weighing a statewide run, he was asked if he was considering a run for governor. He said at the time that he'd "just stick with 'statewide office" as his answer, thereby implicitly declining to rule out a challenge to O'Malley.

Whether he will run for any other office after his term expires remains to be seen.

"I'll make up my mind within a month," Johnson said.

Jack Johnson Endorsement

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 16, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Comments

Ouch, Wacko Jacko's endorsement can best be described as "damned by faint praise".

Word is, there soon will be some new and exciting announcements as to candidates for JJ's replacement. Does Donna Edwards have a sister?

Posted by: countbobulescu | October 17, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Did O'Malley promise Jack a government post? They'll probably put him in the Finance Division since he knows how to try to manipulate the truth and raise taxes without the people knowing. Perhaps O'Malley will give one to Sam Dean too who has done more damage to this county in collusion with Jack and now seeks the county executive position.

Posted by: robinsonawjr | October 17, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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