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Anthony Brown Highlights Economy, Gun Control in Gubernatorial Campaign Kickoff

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown cites work to implement health care expansion, gun control reforms.

In a speech highlighting his military and government service, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced Friday night he is running for governor of Maryland in the November 2014 election.

The speech came at a crowded barbecue hosted by Brown's campaign at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. 

Backed by large Maryland and American flags, Brown outlined a basic campaign platform, which he said would make securing "economic prosperity for Marylanders" his top priority. 

Brown highlighted his work as a state delegate representing Prince George's County and later during his time as lieutenant governor to expand health care coverage, proudly claiming that Maryland "leads the nation in implementation of Obama's health care reform."

Brown has served as Maryland's lieutenant governor since 2006 when he was picked to be Gov. Martin O'Malley's running mate. 

Brown also underscored his work on gun control. 

"During the past several years, we've made tremendous progress through a very difficult period and troubling moments," said Brown. "We've driven crime down to historic lows. We've passed this nation's most stringent gun control laws."

During the event, Brown received two key endorsements -- from Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (D-District 27).
Campaign officials said that Brown is expected to choose a running mate by the end of the summer.

Brown also highlighted his military career. During his time in the Army Reserve, he flew helicopters in Germany and served as a JAG attorney in Iraq's Green Zone. His campaign web site says he is "the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in the Iraq War." Brown still serves in the Army Reserve as a colonel.

In 2004, while serving in the Maryland House of Delegates, Brown was deployed to Iraq for a year. Despite his position as a state politician, Brown said that it was his responsibility to serve. 

"The night I sat down to tell my children I was going to Iraq wasn't easy. How do you tell an elementary school girl and a boy that his father would be spending a year with the Army in Iraq?" said Brown during his speech. "I simply promised them that I would be home for my son's birthday."

Editor's Note: Anthony Brown's first name has been corrected in the headline.

Edward V tindel May 13, 2013 at 03:42 AM
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amark May 14, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I hope this fool runs on Owe'malley's "record". Maybe it can be like 2002 when another incompetent democrat Lt. Gov decided it was her turn to suceed an unpopular Governor who she served with and the people of this state woke up for one of the few times in recent memory. I hope he's the nominee as he will be the weakest democrat of all. Now if the republicans could just get their act together and field a good candidate who can actually run a competent campaign. Tie Brown to Owe'malley at the hip- the tax increases, infringement of our rights, the prison scandal, you name it.
patricia May 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Just like O'Malley, Brown is NOT A DEMOCRAT. He is a liberal progressive socialist. Being endorsed by other LPS's. They have hijacked the democratic party. Learn the difference between freedom and liberal progressive socialism. Just look at what is happening in Greece and Europe.
William Thomas Capps Jr. June 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Brown as well as most of the elected officials in Annapolis is going to have to explain a few things. Why they decided to place more working class citizens in more poverty. The rain tax will hit hard on renters and folks making 50K or less along with a higher commute to work and every day travel, because of the increase in the gas tax. Both will have a negative effect on your average citizen and the business community. This higher cost to maintain what dismal quality of life we have in the state will continue to make families struggle even more. We need to clean house in Annapolis.
Jonathan Ebbeler June 11, 2013 at 07:13 PM
William brings up an interesting point. I would love to read an article from the Patch that listed out the professions/backgrounds of all the Senators and Delegates. The part I find fascinating is ever since I could first vote, the undercurrent of modern American politics was to 'throw the bums out.' We typically just trade names and promises towards policy agendas, not skill sets though. When did we ever evaluate candidates and elections based upon their requisite problem solving abilities?

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