Brandon Scott

What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

Gubernatorial candidates like to talk about their choice of a running mate as if it were really consequential. They pitch their No. 2s as partners in governance and proof of their ability to make good and responsible decisions. And without exception, they try to pick someone who will enhance their electoral prospects. The truth? There’s little evidence that the selections make much difference in either governance or campaigning. They usually tell us much less about who is going to win or what kind of administration they would run than it does about the state of Maryland politics, and this year, the picks tell us a lot about what Democrats think it will take to beat Gov. Larry...

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