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Heather Mizeur did not defeat the anointed O'Malley successor in Maryland, Anthony Brown.

But in my opinion she defeated Doug Gansler, who has millions of dollars stashed away, by tying him for second place ... 24% Gansler, 22% Mizeur.

The result also shows Brown with just 51% in the primary, not exactly a coronation for the Democratic establishment's candidate.

I get lots of press releases. Here's what she sent to supporters.

Tonight was never supposed to happen. There were a lot of skeptics who said I would never make it this far. People who lead from fear told me to get back in line. But together, we showed them the power a movement can have when we work together for positive change.

You were a part of history. You made a difference. Together, we united with a common purpose: to return our state government to the people. Today marks a critical step in that process. Because of your enthusiasm, your dedication to change, and your hard work, we have changed the way campaigns will be run in Maryland.

I’ve always believed in the Democratic process, and I’ve always known that no matter what happened tonight, Maryland is being left in good hands. That’s why when I congratulated my friend Anthony Brown earlier tonight, I told him that I would be his partner in ensuring a victory in November. I know I can count on all of you as well to help us keep Maryland’s Statehouse blue for the next four years and beyond.

Thank you for the support you’ve shown Delman and me. We never could have been this successful without your full backing. This campaign will go down in history as one of the greatest grassroots campaigns ever run in Maryland.

Thank you for your support,

Heather

Originally posted to dadadata on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:30:11 AM PDT

  •  She still has her seat in the House, no? (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, IndieGuy

    Could she perhaps rise up in the ranks of the Dem-controlled Annapolis Power Game?

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:50:02 AM PDT

    •  Yes, she does. (2+ / 0-)
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      radarlady, IndieGuy

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:55:04 AM PDT

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    •  not sure (1+ / 0-)
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      JG in MD

      The house of delegates runs again in November so she probably didn't run again in the primary I assume. Come January she may be out.
      I voted for her because I figured Brown was going to win easily and I was hoping she could beat Gansler.
      Really disliked that guy.
      In Md very few opportunities to move up politically. Most incumbents stay forever. Maybe in 8 years she could have a better shot.

      •  What, with Speaker for Life and Senate Prez (0+ / 0-)

        for Life in charge?

        How can you say there's no opportunity?

        Oh then there's whatsisname ... The lawyer who has chaired, I believe it is, the Senate committee in charge of bills that affect lawyers. Running it just about forever.

        You know, if there's a 2 term limit for gov, oughta be a 2 term limit on holding general assembly committee chairs and speakerships/senate prez.

        Good luck with that.

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:03:08 AM PDT

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    •  Pretty sure she's "retiring" (0+ / 0-)

      Washington Post reported that "should she lose, she has no interest in returning to the District 20 seat."

      “It is the best job I’ve ever had, but I’m also experiencing frustration about the larger issues that need to be addressed,” she said. “I cannot be agitated by these injustices and not move to try to address them, and I’m not able to address them as a delegate.”

      She dismisses a run for federal office, saying Washington is too dysfunctional. Nor is she interested in a Cabinet post in Annapolis, where she “would be hemmed in by somebody’s else’s politics.”

      Seems like she'll be heading to the Eastern Shore with her wife and spend more time on their farm, Apotheosis.
      And who knows. Maybe she'll change her mind and challenge Rep. Harris after a few years living there. As her wife commented:
      "whether Heather is an elected official or unelected, she will always be engaged in her community because that’s where her heart is.”
      •  Well, t's not exactly a farm. (0+ / 0-)

        It's about 4 miles down the road from me. The previous owner, Frank Huggins, was a good guy who bought and restored at least three historic properties in Kent County.

        Kent's neglect of 200-year old dwellings (generally, farmers destroy them b/c there's no economic incentive not to) churns my guts. Talk about a non-renewable resource. The 2 nominally Democrat county commissioners had to be chivvied by a widely respected Republican to enact a voluntary historic preservation ordinance.

        An extra acre of farmland where a house once stood does not boost the county's tax base or economy.

        Anyway, I've met Heather and she's right to be tired of the Annapolis machine. It may be an unholy alliance of Republicans and progressives will be required to bust it down.

        She's also more ambitious than se's letting on.

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:44:31 AM PDT

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  •  I was one of the 22%. (3+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD, IndieGuy, secret38b
  •  Classy concession (n/t) (0+ / 0-)
  •  She still impacted the race (2+ / 0-)
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    IndieGuy, dadadata

    I don't recall Gansler or Brown being that committed to expanding Pre-K. It was Mizeur who aggressively pushed for it and by the WBFF TV debate, the others were supporting a smaller expansion than her platform. So ideally, we'll see some more movement on expansion of Pre-K come next session since Brown is running on that.

    She also pressed on about a living wage and the income gap of females. Least Brown and Gansler had to acknowledge that as well. Same with pot legalization. Though both male candidates didn't endorse legalization like she does, again, they had to address it.

    Similar to how Senators Sanders and Warren seem like long shots for the presidential nomination, Mizeur was a for MD Gov. But least she was able to pull the others to the left and make them nominally better Democrats.

  •  Gansler's anti-teacher stance didn't help him. (1+ / 0-)
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    JG in MD

    Mizeur's pro-teacher stance almost certainly did help her. Hopefully she won't just go away.

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