Republican hopes of fielding a candidate for attorney general this year were set back Friday when College Park lawyer Richard J. Douglas told supporters he has decided not to run.
Douglas, 57, had said last month that he was considering entering the race to succeed Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who is running for governor. Douglas said he was unwilling "to put campaign responsibilities ahead of responsibilities to my new family."
A run for attorney general as a Republican would be the longest of long shots. Maryland has not elected a member of the GOP to that office since 1918. Republican candidates have not been competitive in recent elections, and in 2010 the party failed to field a candidate. It is uncertain whether any candidate will emerge before the Feb. 25 filing deadline.
Four Democrats are running to succeed Gansler -- Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Dels. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County, Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County and C. William Frick of Montgomery.
Douglas exited with a blast at Gansler, saying he considered a race "because of our sitting attorney general’s habitual failure to perform bedrock duties of his office."