This time, the endorsements are real.
Unlike a flurry of so-called endorsements of District 10 delegate candidate Hasan “Jay” Jalisi in the days leading up to the June 24 Democratic primary that were quickly denied by the politicians supposedly making them, high-ranking officials are now backing the Democrat despite lingering questions over his residency.
Jalisi’s campaign announced an endorsement from U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin last week. He has also been endorsed by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and boasts statements of support from U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Micheal Busch.
In the days before the primary, Jalisi’s endorsements and statements of support on his website made him the subject of some negative press when Baltimore County Councilwoman Vicki Almond and state Del. Dan Morhaim released a joint statement clarifying their support for three of the other candidates in the race. The statement was in response to quotes attributed to the pair praising Jalisi’s work in the community.
Del. Dana Stein also released a statement clairfying that he had not endorsed Jalisi.
Recent campaigning by the only Republican candidate in the race, William Newton, has put the resident agent of Jalisi’s real estate company in the spotlight. Aaron Seltzer was named HMJ 1411 Division, LLC’s resident agent in late July. Seltzer, a former lawyer, was disbarred in 2011 after being found in violation of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. He was indicted in 2013 on nine counts of wire fraud in connection with a real estate investment scheme in which it was alleged he stole $747,860 from potential investors for his own personal use. The case is ongoing.