Thousands of regular people eat crabs, clams and corn in the main hall of the Somers Cove Marina.
Everybody political in Maryland goes to the Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield because everybody goes to Tawes. Or at least a lot of people keep up the annual tradition on what is typically one of the hottest days of the year.
On Wednesday it was hot and humid as usual, the crabs were plentiful and so was the politics. In State Roundup, we'll link to stories about the crab feast from other reporters who were there. Here's a photo
gallery from the sweltering event.
At the edge of the main hall, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, running for the Democratic nomination for governor, greets supporters of Del. Heather Mizeur, who is also seeking the post.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown greets Del. Heather Mizeur on the day she formally announced her campaign for governor, the same job he wants. Brown's running mate Ken Ulman, the Howard County executive, is in the background.
WYPR's Karen Hosler interviews Del. Heather Mizeur about her run for governor, as Jennifer Shutt of the Salisbury Daily Times (in green) waits her turn.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman walks and talks with businessman Larry Hogan and his Change Maryland entourage.
Lots of formers: Bobby Neall, former House Republican Leader, former Anne Arundel County Executive and a former Democratic senator listens with Don Fry, former Harford County senator and current president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, to P.J. Hogan, former Montgomery County senator (first a Republican and then a Democrat) and current associate vice chancellor of the University System of Maryland -- chief lobbyist for the public colleges and university.
Host with most: Lobbyist Bruce Bereano was the main greeter at his tent, the largest and most elaborate of the corporate digs at the Tawes crab feast.
Anne Arundel County Del. Ron George, a Republican candidate for governor, talks to Del. Gail Bates, a Republican candidate for State Senate in Howard County.
Attorney General Doug Gansler, center, an unannounced candidate for governor, talks to a TV reporter as Gansler aide Alan Brody (red shirt) talks to Del. Johnny Wood, in hat, D-St. Mary's.
"I'm his driver," joked Del. Warren Miller, far right, a Howard County Republican, with Del. Johnny Olszewski, the Dundalk Democrat who announced Tuesday he was running for state Senate. The two serve on the Economic Matters Committee and drove to Crisfield together.
Marine Major Charles Lollar, a Tea Party favorite soon to announce his candidacy for governor, talks to a TV reporter.
Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Dresser scribbles away as he talks to Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young, a potential Republican candidate for governor or the newly created post of Frederick County executive.
Del. Cheryl Glenn, D-Baltimore City, left, Del. Bill Frick, D-Montgomery, a candidate for attorney general, and Del. Jolene Ivey, D-Prince George's.
Sen. Brian Frosh, right, D-Bethesda, a candidate for attorney general, talks with Gerry Devlin, a retired district court judge and former delegate.
Del. Cathy Vitale, left, R-Anne Arundel, and Andi Morony, chief of staff to Del. Mike Smigiel.
PG Democrats: From left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Vallario, House Appropriations Committee Vice-Chair Jim Proctor, and Richard Palumbo, a retired District Court judge and former delegate.
Del. Jon Cardin, left, D-Baltimore County, introduces a guest to Del. Kris Valderama as Del. Charles Barkley, D-Motngomery, looks on. Cardin said rumors he's running for attorney general are "not greatly exaggerated" and he will announce his plans before Labor Day.
John Fiastro, left, chief of staff to the Senate Minority Leader and chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee, shares a laugh with Del. Steve Hershey, R-Queen Anne's, as Dels. John Cluster and Sue Aumann look on.
Dan Friedman, left, general counsel to the Maryland General Assembly, talks to Paul Dorsey as former Gov. Marvin Mandel, seated, who turned 93 in April, watches.
Cathy Reilly, Sen. Big Ed Reilly and Del. Big Mike Smigiel.
Deb Rey,left, a Republican candidate for delegate in 29B in St. Mary's County (currently represented by Del. John Bohanan) talks politics with House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga.
Current Maryland Republican Party Chair Diana Waterman, in red, former GOP chair Audrey Scott and Kevin Waterman.
Top off the meal with a piece of Smith Island Cake in the Bereano tent.