OCEAN CITY, Md. — U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Friday that he is still considering running for governor of Maryland and decried the “negativity” that has emerged between the two leading candidates.
“Whatever I do, I’m going to make my decision in the fall,” Ruppersberger said in an interview here, where he is attending the annual summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.
If he doesn’t run himself, Ruppersberger, a former Baltimore County executive, said he is likely to endorse another candidate based on “their ability to run and their issues,” including economic development.
Ruppersberger said he planned to meet Friday with Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), who declared his candidacy for governor in May and is attending the same conference, which is a draw for state-level officials as well as county leaders.
Ruppersberger said he also met recently with Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), another leading Democratic contender for governor. Gansler plans to officially announce his bid next month.