Franchot will not run for governor in 2014

By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun

11:13 AM EST, December 11, 2012


Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who had considered running for governor in 2014, told supporters Tuesday he will bow out of that contest to seek another term as comptroller instead.

Franchot, a Democrat, has frequently been at odds with Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. His decision not to run comes amid speculation that Democrats will have a crowded and potentially messy gubernatorial primary in 2014.

"This is a decision that I have made after a great deal of personal reflection," Franchot, 65, said in a message posted on his website Tuesday. "It is no secret that in recent months, I have given thought to running for governor. I am humbled by the extraordinary support that my prospective campaign received in every corner of our state, and I am now more convinced than ever that there is a shared desire among Marylanders -- irrespective of ideology or party affiliation -- for an honest conversation of the fiscal and economic challenges that still lie ahead."