Is Wes Moore Going to Run for Mayor?
In the past few weeks, Baltimore residents have been polled by telephone to get their opinions on local politicians likely to run for mayor in 2016 — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, and others. But strangely, author Wes Moore — who is not a politician and has stated he has no intention of becoming one — has been included in the questioning.
When the Baltimore Sun inquired about the source of the poll, Dixon, Moore, and Young have straight-up denied any involvement. The closest they got to a response from Rawlings-Blake is her campaign treasurer’s claim of ignorance.
So, what’s the deal? Is it a way for Moore to test his relative popularity should he decide to run? Or is he being included as a “control” element, the way Public Policy Polling included Stephen Colbert in many of their 2012 presidential election surveys? And what do you say, folks: would you want Moore as an option in 2016?