The Glover Report: MD Politics at the Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab/Clam Bake in Crisfield

Photo by Michael Haynie – Heather Mizeur greets Gov. Larry Hogan at Crisfield Crab/Clam Bake. Mizeur is running against Congressman Andy Harris, clearly an uphill climb in historically Republican territory. On the other hand, Andy Harris demonstrated a terribly funky and traitorous attitude regarding J6.

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The J. Millard Tawes Crab/Clam Bake in Crisfield is an annual event high on the agenda for most Maryland politicians.

(BALTIMORE – October 8, 2021) – With many thanks to Michael Haynie for representing our news outlets and also to Attorney Robert Dashiell, we were able to present a radio show today that discussed yesterday’s all-important event for aspiring Maryland politicians. Tonight, there will be another such event solely focused on next year’s gubernatorial race. Verizon and Maryland Black Caucus Foundation have joined forces to present the “2022 Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Reception” from 6– 9 pm at the Westin BWI Hotel, 1110 Old Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum Heights, MD.

All this to say, the gubernatorial political season has officially begun. Running mates are being selected, as in the case of Prince George’s County former County Executive Rushern Baker. He chose Nancy Navarro from the Montgomery County Council. Such a chess move demonstrates his Washington, D.C. suburb-oriented thinking and negates Greater Baltimore influence. In his first run for Governor in 2018, he lost to Ben Jealous by just over 58,000 votes. Not bad! Picking Navarro essentially sends a signal to Comptroller Peter Franchot that first blood has been drawn. Already, there is a Montgomery County threat.

Behind the scenes though, Franchot has already made inroads in Prince George’s County. To Baker’s credit, he has shored up support from the Prince George’s County Council. Last time around, he had one council supporter. This time, he has 9 out of 11.

Tim Adams, Mayor of Bowie, attended the crab/clam bake. He is running against Delegate Brooke Lierman for Comptroller.

As for the other name being touted, Baltimore standout Wes Moore, his challenge will be penetrating both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. One asset that will work to his advantage is his wife, Dawn Moore, has Prince George’s roots.

Hence, stay-tuned as the political landscape comes into zoom. This one will be a thriller! There is a tenuous tug-n-pull between Greater Baltimore and Greater Washington.

As a Baltimorean, born and raised, I am of the old school mindset that despite our numbers, especially in Baltimore City, Baltimore is still the media center for the state, and therefore its influence can never be minimalized.

One last note: While Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz did attend yesterday’s bake on the Eastern Shore, she will not be attending tonight’s forum. Delegate Darryl Barnes scoffed at the idea earlier this week on one of our morning shows. Michael Haynie, a Maryland tourism industry expert, suggests why waste bullets? Hayie said that maybe she is waiting for the General Election to show us her platform. Something to think about, I guess. Personally, I’m from the “hit ’em hard and early” school of thought where you don’t take a break until the day after the election. Even then, as demonstrated by Maryland’s greatest politicians over the years, you still have to continually campaign. It’s the nature of the game.