Curry tribute kindles more talk of governor's race
Chatter has certainly increased in recent weeks about the possibility of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry entering the Democratic primary for governor.
We have nothing definitive on that. But there is a gathering scheduled Jan. 21 that will definitely raise Curry's profile.
Curry is being feted by an intriguing cast of past and present Maryland politicians at an evening event billed as "A Birthday Celebration & Tribute to a Maryland Legacy Maker."
Among the names appearing on the invitation: Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D); former Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens (D); former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke (D); Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's); and Prince George's County Council member Camille Exum (D). Former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder (D) is also part of the mix.
Tickets to the event start at $50. A sponsorship level of up to $10,000 is also listed on the invitation to the event, which is being co-hosted by a group called Prince George's Pride. The location is Camelot by Martin's in Upper Marlboro.
Here's the invitation:
Curry has not returned recent phone calls seeking an update on his thinking about the governor's race. In the fall, he was critical of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) but coy about his intentions, saying he "continues to observe what's going on in the political landscape."
Among those most actively peddling the Curry-for-governor scenario these days are Republicans.
George W. Owings III, a former veterans affairs secretary under former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), is announcing his Democratic bid for governor on Wednesday. A second primary challenger would only further serve to weaken O'Malley, the Republican thinking goes.
Several Democratic operatives, meanwhile, have told us that they think Curry will toy with the idea of running but ultimately not move forward with a bid.
-- John Wagner and Jonathan Mummolo
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