"O'Malley is not insensitive to the fact that Brown has a political future beyond being his lieutenant governor," said Trevor Parry-Giles, a professor of political communication at the University of Maryland.

Boosting Brown is one way that O'Malley can "help maximize his legacy," Parry-Giles said.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, another potential 2014 gubernatorial candidate for the Democratic ticket, put out a statements complimenting O'Malley's leadership during the storm. And Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who also might run in the 2014 Democratic primary, issued two news releases warning of hurricane-related fraud and a third offering preparation tips.

Government response to the storm included some gaffes — including one by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat who faces a crowded primary field next month. She recorded a phone message urging residents to stock up on food and supplies and, due to a technical malfunction, a slew of calls went out before the sun came up Saturday morning, waking city residents.

Primary challenger Otis Rolley seized on the call, issuing a news release Monday calling on the mayor to show how much public money was spent on it, the name of the vendor and what criteria the mayor used to determine which households received the call.

"We are constantly told we don't have enough money to meet our needs, while we have plenty of money for these robocalls," said Rolley in a statement. "It is critical for the mayor to immediately and fully detail who paid for these calls and why they went out. Otherwise, it's just another example of taxpayer money being used to finance her campaign."

Keina Page, a spokeswoman for Rawlings-Blake's campaign called Rolley's questions "desperate" and said that Rolley "is saying anything at this point just to get attention."

Ryan O'Doherty, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, said the calls were made via the city's "reverse 911" system and was gathering additional information about the cost.

Rawlings-Blake also frequently appeared on television newscasts, providing updates about Baltimore during the storm. From time to time, her hurricane response was interrupted by her own political ads promoting her handling of the 2010 snowstorms