WASHINGTON -- Justin Schall, a Democratic political operative who ran Anthony Brown's unsuccessful campaign for governor last year, is taking a job as Rep. John Delaney's chief of staff.
Schall managed Delaney's improbably successful campaign for Maryland's 6th Congressional District in 2012 before signing up with Brown -- a candidate many expected to win but who ultimately lost to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
"Justin played a vital role in putting me in a position to serve Maryland's Sixth District and has been a trusted adviser for many years," Delaney said in a statement.
Schall replaces Lisa Bianco, who had previously served as Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer's state political director. In the statement, Delaney said Bianco is returning to "the political sector."
The move is interesting in part because Delaney is widely viewed as having ambitions beyond his current House seat. He became arguably the most vocal Democratic critic of Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration as Brown -- who was O'Malley's lieutenant governor -- was running for governor.