Jolene Ivey joined Doug Gansler's campaign for Maryland governor.
Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler named his running mate in his quest for governor. At High Point High School in Beltsville, Gansler tapped Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey as his number two.
"Somebody from Maryland, that actually cares about the future of Maryland, that has a record of her own, and is going to take this state to the next level. And that person is Jolene Ivey," Gansler said.
Ivey a familiar face
Besides representing Prince George's County in the state house, Ivey may be best known to WAMU listeners as a frequent guest on NPR's Tell Me More.
Ivey says she and the attorney general have this in common: their outspokenness.
"We don't hold back. We don't answer to special interests or insiders," Ivey said. "Our sound bites may never be predictable, but we both know that to get things done you have to think outside the box."
Ivey is the first African-American woman to be picked as a lieutenant governor candidate in Maryland, meaning if any of the three Democratic tickets running are elected, they will make history.
Current lieutenant governor Anthony Brown would be the state's first African-American governor, while Montgomery County delegate Heather Mizeur would be Maryland's first female governor and the first openly gay governor in the United States.
Scandal in the background
But neither she nor Gansler were talking at all about this weekend's Washington Post story detailing complaints from Maryland state police who drove Gansler on official state business. The officer alleged that he urged them to run red lights and turn on sirens to get around traffic in defiance of safety standards and sometimes even the law.
Gansler ignored queries from reporters as he entered and exited the rally.
His campaign spokesman says they'll have nothing further to say on the matter than what Gansler has already said. He stated the state police documents that are the basis of the report do not paint an accurate picture of his security detail, further calling the report part of a political attack.