Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has done just about everything short of announcing his intentions to run for governor in 2014, and this afternoon Gov. Martin O'Malley sent out an endorsement-like email.
"No matter what lies ahead for Anthony in public service, I know that I will be with him 100 percent," O'Malley wrote in message to supporters.
The message does not say what office Brown might be seeking next. O'Malley is term limited, and will have to leave office in January 2015. "I urge Anthony to continue his public service and pursue the greatest possible level of public responsibility," O'Malley wrote.
In recent weeks, Brown's public schedule has included more events than the governor's. And later this month, O'Malley is stepping out of the Maryland spotlight to let Brown to give the annual Maryland Association of Counties address. The speech is generally used by the Administration to set priorities for the upcoming regular session.
Brown, and three other Democrats who are considering a gubernatorial run are planning fundraisers at MACo. Comptroller Peter Franchot's event will be at the stylish Liquid Assets bar in Ocean City on Thursday afternoon. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman will have an event Thursday night at an Ocean City crab house. And Attorney General Doug Gansler, who typically only has two fundraisers a year, will have an event Thursday night too.
Brown's event is Friday -- a high dollar lunch at a Berlin hotel -- and features special guest Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.
Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County delegate, is also reportedly mulling a run in 2014.