Ivey refusing to draw distinctions with Edwards...for now
Two days after Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey announced he was not running for county executive and instead was setting his sights on challenging Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) for her congressional seat, Ivey again declined to draw distinctions between himself and Edwards in a radio appearance Friday.
Ivey, long thought to be a front runner to replace County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), who is term limited, is forming an exploratory committee to look into taking out Edwards, a fellow Democrat in her first term.
But when asked what Edwards had failed to do in her brief time in Congress, Ivey said on the Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi that the time for "throwing stones" has not arrived yet.
"There's going to be plenty of time for drawing distinctions depending on how the exploratory committee piece goes," Ivey said.
Ivey also sought to dispel a rumor that he and Rushern Baker, the former delegate and county executive candidate, had made a mutually beneficial agreement not to challenge each other. The two are close friends and share a base of political support.
"As far as any kind of agreement with Rushern Baker, he's
clearly a good friend of mine, but he's going to run his campaign and I'll
run mine," Ivey said. "There's not going to be any coordinated effort."
Ivey said he plans to announce a final decision in the "first quarter" of next year. Meanwhile, Edwards is staying mum on the new development. Her spokesman has not responded to several requests by the Post for comment.
If past Congressional races are any guide, the silent treatment and the nice-guy routine could be short-lived.
December 4, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
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