No help for county executive wannabes
Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith sounds an awful lot like a candidate for comptroller in a story by the Baltimore Sun's Mary Gail Hare that ran on Sunday.
Smith, a Democrat, is raising money, traveling the state, and providing only the thinnest of endorsements of the Democratic incumbent. Asked by Hare if he thought Franchot was doing a good job, Smith responded that everyone has their own way of doing things. Faint praise indeed.
Smith is prevented by term limits from running again, and any would-be successor would love to tap into his organization and network of supporters. But at least publicly, Smith isn't backing a successor, which means councilmen Joe Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetz and legislators Jim Brochin and Pat McDonough (the latter a Republican) will be largely on their own if they decide to get in the race.
“I am going to stay out of it,” Smith said. “I will have my hands full.”