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Doug Gansler says he is used to taking on the state's Democratic establishment and winning. He did so in 1998 to be elected Montgomery County state's attorney, defeating the father of current governor, and then again eight years ago to be state attorney general. In 2008, he co-chaired Barack Obama presidential campaign in Maryland, a year when nearly all of the state's Democratic leadership threw their support behind Hillary Clinton.
To become governor, Gansler is going to have to buck the establishment once again, which has lined up behind his chief opponent.
"I've won and been elected by the people of Maryland four times, almost always running against the establishment," Gansler said. "Because I actually get things done. And sometimes people are afraid of that."
To win this time is going to be a tall task. The latest polls Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lost despite polls showing him with leads even larger than the ones Anthony Brown holds in Maryland.
"We have real support. From real people. The lieutenant governor is mostly funded by special interests. They don't vote. Most of them are from out of state. All that money doesn't get to vote at the polling places," Gansler said.
To show contrast between himself and the lieutenant governor, Gansler has been focusing on leadership as much as issues in this campaign. While Brown says his long list of endorsements from state leaders shows they have confidence in his abilities as an executive, Gansler says that his job as attorney general has prepared him better to be governor than Brown's position as lieutenant governor.
"By definition, the lieutenant governor has no statutory responsibilities. And this particular lieutenant governor, the only thing that he's been put in charge of and managed in his eight years as lieutenant governor was the Affordable Care Act rollout, which by all accounts was a national embarrassment."
Gansler's running mate is Jolene Ivey, a two-term delegate from Prince George's County who would become the first African-American woman to hold the position of lieutenant governor in Maryland history.
“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.