Ivey rejects report that he is O'Malley's running-mate pick

July 22, 2005|By David Nitkin | David Nitkin,SUN STAFF

Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey could wind up on a ticket as a running mate with a Democratic candidate for governor, but he hasn't been offered a spot yet.

Ivey shot down yesterday a published report that Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley had selected him to run as lieutenant governor with him next year. The mayor's campaign also dismissed the report, which first appeared in the Washington-area Gazette newspapers this week and was attributed to anonymous sources.

"Martin hasn't offered that, and I haven't made any decisions about what I want to do," said Ivey, who raised money for his campaign account at a fundraiser in Baltimore last night that the mayor was scheduled to attend.

O'Malley's campaign manager, Jonathan Epstein, said the mayor will not select a running mate until after he formally declares his candidacy for governor -- an announcement that is months away.

"Mayor O'Malley has met with Glenn Ivey several times and is very impressed with his record in Prince George's County," Epstein said. "At this stage in the campaign, the mayor is meeting with people from across Maryland as he lays the groundwork to run for governor. He knows selecting a running mate is an extremely important task, and something which he'll obviously spend time on after he after he becomes an official candidate."

Ivey said those conversations broached the subject of lieutenant governor picks, but not in detail.

"We've talked about his race and who he might consider for lieutenant governor, and politics generally," he said. "I've had the same conversations with Doug Duncan," the Montgomery County executive who is also expected to enter the Democratic contest for governor.

An O'Malley-Ivey ticket would give geographic and racial balance to a Democratic ticket, and Ivey could easily make the short lists of both Duncan and O'Malley when they get serious about finding running mates.

Ivey, a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, is also considering running for state attorney general if incumbent J. Joseph Curran Jr. does not seek re-election. He has also served as head of the Maryland Public Service Commission and was chief counsel to former U.S. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Ivey said yesterday that he will not run for U.S. Senate, Prince George's County executive or governor next year. Talk of him as a lieutenant governor candidate, he said, is "premature," but he did not rule out interest in the job.

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