Maryland's LG Anthony Brown takes on a more visible role in August when he is set to deliver the annual gubernatorial address at the Maryland Association of Counties conference in Ocean City.
The August four-day conference is a must-attend event for Annapolis insiders, though little of consequence typically occurs in during daily sessions. A sample of this year's program includes "Income tax revenue forecasting -- it is all about November" and "¿Maryland's new watershed implementation plan: Lots to do in Phase II."
The real work gets done in the evenings when ambitious politicians hold fundraisers at seaside bars and restaurants.
The only daytime event that can't be skipped is the Governor's Address, which is held Saturday mid-morning before everyone hits the roads and goes home. Last year Gov. Martin O'Malley used it to signal a willingness to raise taxes in the upcoming legislative session.
But this year Brown, who is expected to run for governor in 2014, will take on the key role. In a brief interview Brown shared few details about plans for his address. He only said that he'll layout the Administration idea for the upcoming legislative session and promised that it will include some of his "vision" for the future.
O'Malley's staff also isn't saying much about why the governor can't attend. In a June letter declining the invitation to speak, the governor said simply that he'd be "unable" to be present. He added "we have the most effective Lieutenant Governor in the country" who was happy to step in.