Donald F. Norris, Public Policy, in the Gazette

When Harford County Executive David Craig told Gazette editors that he’s considering running for governor or comptroller of Maryland in 2014, reporter Sarah Breitenbach turned to UMBC public policy chair Donald Norris to make sense of the statement. Although serious campaigning for the gubernatorial race won’t begin until after the 2012 general election, Norris argues that it is wise for Craig to throw his hat into the ring early. “You run other possible candidates out of a primary,” he says. “It’s not just announcing. It’s announcing, getting fundraising going, locking in the donors.” Craig would likely encounter more conservative Republic challengers in a gubernatorial primary, Norris suggests, noting, “It’s conceivable that he’s not conservative enough for [Maryland Republicans].”

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