Harford County Executive David R. Craig is the only one of the four Democrats and two Republicans believed to be considering a race to succeed term-limited Gov. Martin O'Malley whose campaign disclosure was not posted before midnight. Repeated calls to the campaign and the county executive's office Wednesday were not returned -- a strange departure for the normally accessible Craig.
Young filed his report early, showing that he raised neary $450,000 for his stlll-unannounced campaign for governor.
For filing his report late Craig would have to pay a relatively small fine, but the political fallout could far exceed the financial impact. The biggest casualty could be the perception of Craig as the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
As of 12:28 a.m. Craig's report is still not posted on the State Board of Elections website. There's something going on here that demands an explanation. Serious candidates for governor do not miss reporting deadlines.