Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Simms in for AG; Repub Men love Donald

The Post announces, in an article titled Democrat Schaefer Draws Favor of GOP Voters, that Simms is in the race for AG. The Post sums up his qualifications:
Simms is a Harvard-educated, African American lawyer who served as Baltimore state's attorney. Under former governor Parris N. Glendening (D), he was secretary of juvenile justice and of public safety and correctional services. But he was not well-known outside Baltimore until Duncan tapped him as his running mate in April.
If I recall correctly, Simms was in charge of the Department of Juvenile Justice when the big boot camp scandal unfolded. So, there should be some fodder there for Gansler or Perez, I would think. Also Simms is jumping in so late, you have to wonder if his heart is really in it, having not gotten his job of choice. And then there's the money, of which Simms has none and Gansler has a lot.

On the other hand, and there IS always an other hand, I think there's plenty of interest in the Baltimore/Central Maryland legal community to have a Baltimore Attorney General. So money may be coming. And Simms is African-American. I don't know about O'Malley's relationship with Simms, Gansler, or Perez, but by promoting Simms, O'Malley could very well pick up some credibility in the African American community and heal some of the wounds of the now-disappointed Duncan supporters. That's my view from well outside, at least for today.

What's that? You want to know about the Schaefer poll? Well, turns out that:

Chicks Don't Dig Donald.

Back to Democrat Schaefer Draws Favor of GOP Voters:
Overall: 50% favorable, 34% unfavorable
Women: 43% favorable, 41% unfavorable
Men: 2 to 1 pro-Schaeffer (no numbers, sorry)
Repubs: 53% positive
Dems: 49% postitive

So, if someone is going to stop him, it will have to be in the primary. Can Franchot or Owens do it? Or will they just split the anti-Schaeffer vote? Time will tell, but there's an opening here for a real Democrat to take this position.
Cross-posted at Free State Comment


Blogger OnBackground said...

Was Simms prepping for an AG or other run before he hooked up with Duncan? I ask because Anthony Brown was and was considered rising, but for those of us not from Baltimore, Simms was kind of a surprise. I'm just wondering how serious a contender Simms will be.

6/29/2006 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger ChesapeakeBlue said...

I heard Simms' name bruited about wistfully several times as someone who "should" run for AG, instead of Lt. Governor. That doesn't mean much, except that I think he has been thought of in some circles as a potential AG candidate.

But he still could come across as a johnny-come-lately. That would be easier to pin on him, though, if the public had been paying attention already.

6/29/2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger 4More4Curran said...

I'm still hoping Joe Curran changes his mind before the filing deadline. Simms would be a worthy successor, but I don't see how he can pull it off without raising some serious money -- a tall order with a little more than 2 months left and starting from scratch. His assumption, I think, is that he'll be able to draw liberally on Duncan's coffers, but I have it on good authority that the people who matter have looked closely at this, and he can't get more than 6K. If he tries to get more, he's going to be in violation of law -- not a good way to start and AG run. I'm hoping he can raise enough money legitimately that he'll make it a good race, but it'll be hard.

7/01/2006 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger MoCoPolitics said...

Why only 6k? I thought that since Simms was part of the ticket, the Duncan/Simms cmapaign account can just become the Simms campaign account.

7/03/2006 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger 4More4Curran said...

I'm not a lawyer and I don't know the rationale. I'm just told by a very smart lawyer with connections that the scenario you describe and other kinds of shell games with the accounts are going to be pounced on. I wanted to know the answer because I'm a Perez supporter (although Simms would be fine), who also gave money to Duncan. I don't want Duncan giving money to Perez's opponent. Especially since Tom already has his hands full with Gansler raking it in. It would just be unfair.

7/03/2006 05:50:00 PM  

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