Former NAACP chief Benjamin Jealous is "actively weighing" a campaign to be Maryland's governor.
Jealous said Tuesday he is in the early stages of contemplating a Democratic challenge to popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, and that he has been recruited since the summer to enter the 2018 election.
Republican President Donald J. Trump's election prompted Jealous to take the urging more seriously, he said, though he has yet to hire a staff.
"I love our state, and we are living through a historic moment that calls on each of us to ask what more we can do," Jealous said in an interview. "I would never do it unless there was a clear path" to victory.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun got a decent scoop out today, as Mr. Jealous looks carefully at a Gubernatorial run. So far, we’ve heard noise from Prince George’s County Executive and Baltimore County Executive, but so far no Democrat has officially declared. The incumbent Governor, Larry Hogan, remains incredibly popular, even as his approval rating has dipped during the State Legislative Session. The Governor sports a 57/34 re-elect/someone else number in the latest survey, and many Democrats are waiting to see if their efforts to tie Hogan to President Trump bear serious fruit. Newly elected DNC Chair Tom Perez mentioned this race as a target in his victory speech Saturday, which is a little amusing, considering he was one of the names floated about as a possible opponent. For now, there will be a lot of toe-dipping, but meaningful action will take a bit longer.