Gansler’s expected running mate supported banning all handguns



Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) is expected to name Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) as his gubernatorial running mate, according to two people familiar with her selection.

In 2006, before she was first elected delegate, Ivey was profiled in an interview with The Gazette. The link to that interview is still up on her campaign website here. I suspect it to disappear shortly. That’s why I have a PDF of the page saved and reproduced at the bottom of this post.

From that interview in 2006:

Do you believe Maryland’s gun control laws are too strict, not strict enough or just right?

Not strict enough. Let’s outlaw handguns and semi-automatic weapons, retaining access to reasonable hunting weapons like single shot rifles and shot guns.

In other words, Ivey supported (possibly still supports?) banning all handguns and banning all magazines for rifles, leaving only what she terms “reasonable hunting weapons” like single-shot rifles and shotguns. Even in a state with screwed up gun laws like Maryland, that’s out of touch.

More from the WaPo article:

Bob Wheelock, a spokesman for Gansler, would not confirm the pick but said Gansler plans to announce his choice of a 2014 lieutenant governor candidate by early next week. Ivey did not return a phone call Friday afternoon.

The people familiar with Gansler’s selection requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the campaign.

The selection of Ivey could help make Gansler more competitive in Prince George’s County, the home base of his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D).


Ivey was among several elected officials from Baltimore and Prince George’s County who were believed to be under consideration at the time, along with Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt (D) and Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. (D-Baltimore).

Gansler had also told associates that he was looking at Kweisi Mfume, a former congressman and national NAACP leader, as well as someone with no political experience: Wes Moore, a young African American author, businessman and Army veteran from Baltimore.

Moore didn’t meet residency requirements.

As the article notes, Ivey pushed for same-sex marriage and a casino in Prince George’s County. Her casino position contradicts a previous position where she opposed slots in Maryland. She supported both driver’s licenses and in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

Her husband, Glenn Ivey, played basketball for Princeton and has worked as a law professor, state’s attorney, and counsel for prominent Democrats on Capitol Hill (including Tom Daschle, Paul Sarbanes, and John Conyers. Mr. Ivey dropped out of a congressional bid against Donna Edwards in 2012.

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  1. Between this and Brown’s artful drop of Gansler’s state police issue this week, Gansler is officially done. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. In this case, the guy who said the new gun law is “probably constitutional.”