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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Last week, I thought Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was the loser among Democratic candidates for not showing up at WBFF's TV debate. And he was. But he was an even bigger loser Monday in showing up for the debate on Maryland Public Television. No wonder he doesn't want to do these TV debates. It's not just incumbency; he's terrible on television. His answers are just this side of bureaucratic doublespeak - exactly the rhetoric of Washington and Annapolis unaccountability that makes some voters want to scream.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser | June 2, 2014
The three Democratic candidates for governor will all meet for their second televised debate Monday night on Maryland Public Television and WBAL-TV, giving voters their final opportunity to see them confront each other on television. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will go on at 7 p.m. in a debate hosted by MPT's Jeff Salkin. The three met last month in a televised debate at the University of Maryland College Park in an exchange that included lively confrontations between Brown and Gansler while Mizeur largely stayed above the fray.
NEWS
June 1, 2014
With just three weeks to go until Maryland's gubernatorial primaries, the next few days will offer voters the last chance to see or hear each party's candidates on the same stage at the same time. Democrats will hold their third televised debate (and the second in which Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will participate) tomorrow and a radio debate the following morning. Republicans will hold their final debate (and their only encounter to be televised state-wide) on Friday. There remain key questions about all of the candidates in both fields, and we hope their opponents or the moderators will push them beyond what we've heard so far. Here's what we'd like to know about each of them: Democrats • Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown: Mr. Brown has already been the subject of intense criticism over the failed roll-out of Maryland's health insurance exchange website.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
— The four Republican candidates for governor of Maryland focused their fire on the O'Malley administration and avoided criticizing each other as they met Saturday night in the first televised debate of this year's GOP primary contest. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar vied to see who could describe the state's economic circumstances in more dire terms.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | May 31, 2014
In answer to reporters' questions about why he skipped last Tuesday's gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV — or if he was bothered that the television station had presented him as an empty podium — Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown grinned and said the following: "I'm looking forward to the Baltimore debate on WBAL next week on Monday, and then later next week we'll be at the Larry Young [radio] show. ... Look, I'm looking forward to next week's debate. ... I'm looking forward to next week's debate, guys, it's the Baltimore debate I'm looking forward to on WBAL.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
The images of two Democratic candidates for governor debating  -- with the missing third candidate represented by a lonely lectern and a name tag - have quickly shown up in a new television ad.    Democratic candidate and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has pounced on front-runner Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's absence at Tuesday night's debate at the WBFF (Fox45) studios. Gansler's 30-second spot - to appear in the Baltimore market immediately - opens with Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur smiling and being applauded by the debate audience.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
When Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown declined to participate in a debate this week with his Democratic rivals for the governorship Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur, his name was placed on a vacant lectern flanked by lecterns for the two participants.  But WBFF, the Fox affiliate the broadcast the debate, did not call the furniture lecterns , and neither has anyone else. Everyone refers to the vacant podium .  Podium  started out as a raised platform or dais, and its meaning was implicit in its etymology, from the Greek podion , a diminutive of the word for "foot.
NEWS
May 28, 2014
The last time someone tried to debate an empty chair (Clint Eastwood, Republican National Convention, 2012), the chair won. But when two of the leading Democratic candidates for governor did it last night (this time, it was an empty podium, actually), the chair was the big loser, but not for the reasons one might have expected. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur met at WBFF Fox 45 for an hour-long debate, but the presumptive front-runner, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, skipped the event with a lame explanation about this encounter exceeding the three debates the campaigns had agreed on. The TV station decided to leave a podium with Mr. Brown's name on it conspicuously in between the two candidates, and one might have expected Mr. Gansler, who has been aggressive in questioning Mr. Brown's qualifications for office, to tee off on his absent rival.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
"You were originally supposed to appear in Northwest Baltimore at 8pm tonight, but never arrived. You are 52 year old male, five foot something tall, and reside in Prince George's county. " After Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown skipped last night's debate on Fox 45, someone posted a " Missed Connection " for him on Craigslist. The post accuses Brown of being "last seen raising funds from special interests. " "You also have a hobby of failing assigned tasks in your job as Maryland's Lt. Governor," it continues, chastising the gubernatorial candidate for the shortcomings of the state's health exchange, which he was tasked with implementing.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
In TV terms, there were two winners and one clear loser in Tuesday's night gubernatorial debate on WBFF-TV. The winners: State Delegate Heather Mizeur and the TV station itself. The loser: Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who declined to participate in Baltimore's only TV debate and was represented by an empty podium between his two opponents, Mizeur and Attorney General Doug Gansler. Fox 45 wins for its skilled use of TV imagery. The empty podium with Brown's name on the front was a perfect symbol for a candidate who looks as if he refuses to be held accountable to the people he wants to serve, of a candidate who will decide based on the terms of his political goals, not the citizens' need for information before going to the polls, how engaged he is going -- or not going -- to be with the voters.
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