Monday, May 08, 2006

Curran's Retirement Helps O'M's Job Prospects

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election for a sixth term, WBAL reported. Curran, a Democrat from the Baltimore political dynasty, is bowing out after holding the office since 1986.

Although Curran cited spending "with th grandchildren" as the reason for his decision, he may be more concerned with his son-in-law. Mayor Martin O'Malley, a Democrat running for governor, is married to Curran's daughter Katie.

The Attorney General's resignation is good news for the O'Malley ticket. The Mayor could have come under political attacks for the potential conflict of interest presented by an AG who is the governor's father-in-law. As the person in charge of legal affairs for the state, the AG may have to investigate alleged misdeeds of the executive - and Pappy may not be too eager to bring down a family member. The AG also gives legal advice to the governor - and the Miss's Pops may not be able to provide truly independent advice.

The resignation also opens the Democratic spot for Attorney General to a younger, more charasmatic candidate. If an attractive Democrat brings out a couple hundred voters to the polls, those are votes that will likely go to the Democratic gubernatorial candidate ie O'Malley.

from The League: Reassembled

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