Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown received a pair of major endorsements in his bid for the governor’s office earlier this week when Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski made her support public on Sunday, Sept. 23 at a campaign rally in Silver Spring and Congressman John Sarbanes followed suit Monday with his own announcement.
Mikulski and Sarbanes are the most recent in a line of Brown endorsers that includes Governor Martin O’Malley, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Representative Elijah Cummings, Representative Donna Edwards, five Maryland state senators, nine state delegates, more than 100 elected officials from across Maryland and numerous organizations.
“I support Anthony Brown because I’ve worked with him for 15 years, watching up close as he solved the most pressing problems facing Maryland families and women. I see in Anthony the fantastic values I most admire – he’s honorable, he’s patriotic and he’s willing to tackle the tough issues,” Mikulski said in a statement at Silver Spring’s Civic Building at Veterans’ Plaza.
Citing Brown’s work with veterans, health care and job creation, Mikulski told rally attendees that Brown has her full support. “Anthony Brown can count on my support because Maryland can count on Anthony Brown,” she said.
In addition to being the longest-serving female in the history of the U.S. Congress, Mikulski, who grew up in East Baltimore, has a history of working closely with the Jewish community in Maryland. In 2006, she was awarded the Friend of the Synagogue Award by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America for her efforts in working to protect non-profit community institutions and her support of the Jewish community. In 2012, she, along with two other senators, introduced legislation that would support programs to assist aging Holocaust survivors.
Sarbanes, who represents Maryland’s third district — an area that zigzags from Baltimore to Annapolis — pointed to Brown’s military service as an example of his values.
“The Lieutenant Governor’s service to our country in the U.S. Armed Forces — most recently in Iraq — has set a powerful example of sacrifice and commitment,” said Sarbanes in a statement, adding that Brown is a proven leader who will “help keep Maryland’s recovery on track.”
With the governor’s office’s recent announcement that the state’s job base has returned to pre-recession numbers, jobs will no doubt be a major point in Brown’s campaign.
Brown, who announced his candidacy in May, and running mate Ken Ulman, will face Attorney General Doug Gansler and state delegate Heather Mizeur, neither of whom have announced their running mates yet, in addition to Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, should he decide to run, in a June 24, 2014 democratic primary.