Maryland’s Obamacare Stumble Fails To Sway Governor’s Race

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a January 2014 minimum-wage rally outside the Maryland State House.i i

hide captionLt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a January 2014 minimum-wage rally outside the Maryland State House.


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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a January 2014 minimum-wage rally outside the Maryland State House.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at a January 2014 minimum-wage rally outside the Maryland State House.

Jose Luis Magana/AP

Here’s a measure of Maryland’s Democratic tilt: Even an epic failure in launching the state’s health care website isn’t enough to derail the political fortunes of the official responsible for it. The Affordable Care Act is that popular.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was assigned by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2010 to oversee the health care law’s rollout in Maryland, remains the Democratic front-runner in the June 24 primary. His still-formidable standing is a testament to his political talent, but also to his chief rival’s tendency for self-inflicted damage.

Doug Gansler, Maryland’s attorney general, has made Brown’s alleged managerial incompetence a central theme of his campaign. To further his point about Brown’s managerial chops, Gansler earlier this week did something rare in American politics — he trivialized a veteran’s military service.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/04/25/306540821/marylands-obamacare-stumble-fails-to-sway-governors-race?ft=1&f=131849999

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