Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, and Bethesda Magazine

Department of Public Policy Chair and Professor Donald Norris was quoted in an article last week in Bethesda Magazine about recent controversies surrounding Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s gubernatorial campaign.

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A photo surfaced last week of Gansler at a teenage beach week party in Delaware late last spring where he went to talk to his son, and Gansler was also in the news recently for controversy surrounding driving allegations in which he ordered state troopers who drive him to ignore traffic regulations.

“He’s got to get beyond this, and get beyond it quickly – [with] no new revelations,” Norris said about Gansler’s campaign in an article in the “MoCo Politics” blog.

Norris also said it’s early in the race so there is time to recover, but it will be difficult for Gansler because he is trailing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the polls.

“Very few people are paying attention to an election that is as far away as [the June primary],” said Norris. “So I think he’s got plenty of time to make it up. The question is whether he is going to be able to make it up simply because Brown is so far ahead. There’s a really, huge deficit that Gansler’s got to overcome.”

You can read the full article here.

Norris was quoted in a Capital Gazette article about the Republican gubernatorial race. While the Republican race is picking up steam, Norris said it will be difficult for any of the candidates to win even with a strong campaign from Harford County Executive David Craig.

“Craig is going to be a very solid candidate, run a good campaign. But the numbers are just overwhelmingly in the advantage,” Norris said.

You can read more about Norris’s take on the race here.

Norris was also interviewed by The Baltimore Sun about Anne Arundel County Republican Del. Don Dwyer’s sentencing last week for operating a boat under the influence and driving a car while impaired.  Norris said Dwyer would be wise to resign after two alcohol-related convictions.

“He had very little effectiveness prior to his convictions,” Norris said. “He’ll have even less now.”

You can read the article here.