Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign insists he's no diva. Bringing his own makeup artist to last night's televised debate was part of his pre-game prep.
Before the three Democrat candidates went on stage for the first televised debate hosted by NBC, the network offered to lend their makeup artists to the candidates. Both Gansler and Mizeur accepted but according to a copy of the pre-debate schedule obtained by The Sun, Brown "will do his own make-up."
In fact, Brown has his own makeup person, whom the campaign hired for other photo shoots and television ads and brought to the University of Maryland College Park Wednesday night to get Brown ready for the bright lights.
Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall said the lieutenant governor has a good rapport with the woman who has done his makeup in the past. Schall said it was important for Brown to feel comfortable and relaxed in the hours leading up to what's by all accounts a nerve-wracking experience.
"In my mind there is an entire cadence that goes toward preparation, and a big part of that is the pre-game," Schall said. "Everyone knows those pre-performance jitters."
He added: "This is someone who the lieutenant governor has worked with in the past. … They're kind of chatty. They have fun together."
Update from the Brown campaign at 5:05 p.m.:
Brown's wife, Karmen Walker Brown, also had a turn in the makeup chair. "Mrs. Walker Brown was there too and even got a touch up herself to pass the time before the debate started," Schall said.