Candidate Watch: Primary challenger '4' O'Malley?
Looks like George W. Owings III, a former state delegate and Calvert County Democrat, is little more than a week away from announcing his run for governor.
Owings, 64, has been contemplating a primary challenge of Gov. Martin O'Malley since at least May, when he told The Baltimore Sun that he sees "a lot of good, solid, working-class Democrats with serious concerns about the direction we are taking."
The former majority whip, who served as secretary of veterans affairs under Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., has been a sharp critic of O'Malley's fiscal policies.
He disagreed with O'Malley's decision to raise the sales tax during a 2007 special session and took issue with the governor's personal lobbying to repeal the death penalty this year.
In a conversation this morning with The Sun, Owings, who resides in Dunkirk, said he'll "make it official" on Jan. 6, at a morning news conference on the courthouse steps in Prince Frederick. That announcement date was first reported by The Gazette's Alan Brody.
How certain can we be that Owings is going to say he's running for governor? Just check out his e-mail name: "owings4governor."