Curry suggests April decision on challenging O'Malley
Former Prince George's County executive Wayne K. Curry (D) indicated Friday morning that he would decide by the end of the legislative session in April whether to heed the calls of "a lot of people who have been urging me to run for governor."
Appearing on "The Politics Program" on WTOP (103.5 FM) radio, Curry also ruled out switching parties. Some have speculated that Curry is contemplating running on a ticket with former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), a move that would require Curry to become a Republican.
"I would never do that," Curry told host Mark Plotkin. "I've been a Democrat all my life. ... I'll always be a Democrat."
Curry also said he has no interest in running for the U.S. Senate or House this year.
Speculation about Curry has been running high since a birthday tribute in Upper Marlboro that drew more than 1,000 people. Curry put the attendance at 3,500 during Friday's radio interview.
Curry did little during the program to tamp down talk that he might challenge Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), saying "there's a sense that we're kicking the can down the road and not taking care of a lot of problems in the state."
"I'm not looking for a job now, but it's not in my nature or my DNA to sit idly by," Curry told Plotkin.
Curry said he has no personal animosity toward O'Malley, for whom he voted in 2006.
"This has nothing to do with our personal sentiments," Curry said. "He's a great guy to have a beer with."
Curry also repeated criticism made this week at a state budget briefing that Prince George's has not received the attention it needs from state leaders.
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