ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State Sen. Brian Frosh said Thursday he is exploring a run for attorney general of Maryland.

The Montgomery County Democrat said in a telephone interview he is working on forming an exploratory committee to make the run, and he said the decision was recent.

“Yes, I’m exploring a race for attorney general,” Frosh said, adding that he has received positive feedback from people he’s spoken to about it.

Frosh, 65, said he made the decision after speaking with Sen. Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor and fellow Montgomery County state senator. Frosh said he had supported a Raskin candidacy for attorney general, but that the two decided on switching positions after talking.

Raskin confirmed that in a telephone interview on Thursday. Raskin said he loves his current job as a state senator. He said he doesn’t feel it’s the right time for him to run for the office, because he is half way through his second term in the Senate, where he feels he is hitting his stride. Raskin said he believes it’s the perfect time for Frosh.

“I think that he’s been very much a mentor to me and to a number of other senators,” Raskin said. “And to me, he seems like the natural pick, and so I’m thrilled if he runs, and I will be an ardent supporter.”

Frosh has been a member of the state Senate since 1995. He has been the chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee since 2003.

The next election for attorney general is in 2014. Attorney General Doug Gansler is widely believed to be planning a run for governor.

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