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Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot says he won’t endorse a candidate in the state’s 2014 Democratic primary for governor.

Franchot (D) said he has worked with and likes Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur (Montgomery) and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, and doesn’t plan to pick a favorite in the primary.

“I’m going to be like Switzerland,” he said.

Franchot said he does plan to endorse the Democratic candidate for governor in November’s general election.

Franchot considered a run for the governor’s mansion himself, but announced in December that he wouldn’t seek the office, calling the comptroller’s position his “dream job.”

He was in Damascus on Thursday to present a proclamation to the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department for its service to the town’s residents.

Franchot said he remains concerned about the effect the federal government’s budget sequestration cuts have had on the state.

While there have been some small areas of recovery in Maryland, the state is not in a full economic recovery and sequestration adds to the anxiety of families and businesses, he said.

“We have a lot of angst,” he said.

But Franchot said he’s not sure it’s fair to blame July’s loss of about 9,200 jobs on sequestration, pointing out that Virginia gained jobs during the same period.

Maryland Labor Secretary Leonard Howie said last week that the sequestration cuts likely had “some impact” on the job numbers.

“All I know is, there’s a lot of jobs we need to create in Maryland, and they’re not appearing right now,” Franchot said.

rmarshall@gazette.net