Courtesy Mayor SRB/Twitter
Courtesy Mayor SRB/Twitter

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won’t be sitting and watching on a screen who voters pick to replace her in office on Nov. 8. Instead, she’ll be on the other side of the monitor with a team of journalists and experts hired by ABC News to provide live election night analysis.

The Sun first reported the mayor’s scheduled appearance yesterday.

It won’t be her first or even her highest-profile gig of the year. In July, she helped kick off the Democratic National Convention. It was hard to forget: She infamously forgot to bang the gavel to officially begin the convention in Philadelphia, to the tune of laughter around the web. She was there representing the Democratic National Committee as the party’s secretary.

With Rawlings-Blake not seeking re-election this year, Democratic candidate Catherine Pugh, Republican Alan Walden, Green Party candidate Josh Harris and former mayor Sheila Dixon (running as a write-in) are fighting for her spot.

Amid the hysteria here in the city, Rawlings-Blake will join a host of commentators, per a release from ABC. The group includes the likes of journalists Diane Sawyer, Nate Silver and Dan Abrams, as well as political and polling experts like Rick Klein, Gary Langer, Bill Kristol and Alex Castellanos. Chief anchor and known former Clinton administration operative George Stephanopoulos will lead the evening’s programming.

Rawlings-Blake’s gig alongside journalists has raised some eyebrows. As David Zurawik of the Sun noted, she controversially has banned a WYPR reporter from covering City Hall proceedings.

It’s doubtful that anyone will ask her about that business on the air, though. As a national Democratic leader with a high-profile mayoral role, she will likely add some colorful insight to the political discussion on air.

The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. It’ll be a long night, folks.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...