Can Doug Duncan make a comeback?
Laura Vozzella writes in her column today about a speech former MoCo Exec and gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan gave at Sheppard Pratt this week about his battle with depression, revealing an extensive family history with the disease that was not previously common knowledge in Maryland's political community. In fact, word that he was dropping out of the race for governor in 2006 was such a surprise that some people wondered if he was making it up as an excuse to leave of a contest he seemed unlikely to win. (The consensus eventually was, probably not; I mean, wouldn't you make up something other than that?)
Vozzella writes that Duncan wouldn't rule out running for office again and even took a couple of swipes at his one-time rival, Gov. O'Malley. Duncan's case raises an interesting question: With all we've learned over the years about depression, is it still enough to make someone unelectable? It's been a long time since Thomas Eagleton was forced to drop out as George McGovern's running mate in 1972 because of his previous hospitalizations for mental health troubles, and treatments have certainly come a long way since the electro-shock therapy he received. Duncan said he's on medication and happy about it. Would voters accept that, or would they still be reluctant to vote for him? I'm not sure.