Shows and no-shows at Tawes crab-and-politics fest

(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam )
July 21, 2011|By Laura Vozzella

Anyone on the lookout for 2014 gubernatorial hopefuls at the 35th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake surely spotted state Comptroller Peter Franchot. And there was Larry Hogan, appointments secretary for former Gov. Bob Ehrlich.

But where was Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown? Attorney General Doug Gansler? 

“This is the 2014 pre-game show,” said Del. Heather Mizeur, who was among the Tawes attendees surprised by the absence of Brown and Gansler.

Former Gov. Marvin Mandel wasn’t shocked that some pols skipped Wednesday's event in an off-election year.

“Some people think it’s an advantage being here, but some don’t,” he said.

Count Mandel, 91, among those who think it’s worth the trip. He has attended nearly every Tawes since it began 35 years ago.

“I think I missed one,” he said. “I was sick.”

If you're wondering, the current governor, Martin O'Malley, took a pass this year.

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