Report: Two Md. lawmakers 'interested' in possible AG run in 2014

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 23, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) -- Two Maryland lawmakers are reportedly weighing a run for state attorney general.

According to a Chevy Chase Patch report Tuesday, state Delegate Bill Frick and Sen. Brian Frosh, both Montgomery County Democrats, are "exploring" a possible run in 2014.

Frick told Patch in an email he was "interested."

"I've spent my career in Annapolis working on consumer protection issues, and ways to help make our economy thrive and work well for everyone. The AG has tremendous ability to help consumers and advocate for our economy," he wrote in the email.

"So I'm definitely interested, and am talking to friends and contacts about the race. But it's a long way off, so it's too early to make any firm decisions."

A member of the House of Delegates since 2007, Frick also serves as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations.

Born in Silver Spring, Md., he earned his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Northwestern University and his law degree from Harvard University.

Frosh told Patch he, too, was considering a run to become the state's next top lawyer.

A member of the Senate since 1995, Frosh currently chairs the Judicial Proceedings Committee and is a member of the Executive Nominations Committee and the Legislative Policy Committee. He also serves as vice-chair of the Rules Committee.

Born in Washington, D.C., he earned his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Columbia University.

Attorney General Doug Gansler is still flirting with the idea of running for governor.

According to a filing with the Maryland State Board of Elections last week, he currently has more than $5 million in his campaign account.

A 109-page campaign finance report filed with the board Jan. 15 by Gansler's campaign -- Friends of Doug Gansler -- showed a balance of $5,204,692.93.

Gansler is considered a strong candidate for governor in 2014, though he hasn't decided if he will run.

But it seems he has the war chest to do it.

Gansler's campaign told The Associated Press in an interview last week that the attorney general has five times more than Gov. Martin O'Malley did eight years ago, when he was preparing to make a run for the office.

And his coffers seem to be growing by the day.

In July, it was reported Gansler's campaign had close to $3 million.

Gansler has said he is still considering a third term as attorney general.

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