Black Pols Endorse @VanHollenforMD Over Donna Edwards — Anyone who has any ideas in their head that people endorse based on skin color can now get that out of their minds. Why do people give someone political support?
1. Because they’ve worked with the person they’re endorsing and enjoyed the experience,
2. Because they like the person they’re endorsing, and
3. Because they believe the person they’re endorsing will be effective.
Typically endorsements don’t mean all that much but… in the case of Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) vs. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) for Senate in 2016, there may be room to say that’s not true.
Last night, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen over Edwards for Senate. Since Prince George is Edwards’ home base that announcement is a more than just a tad noteworthy. In another endorsement that can’t be ignored, Black Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett endorsed Van Hollen last week. That makes more sense because Van Hollen’s base is Montgomery… but still.
No one really believes that a voter enters the voting booth thinking about the endorsements a candidate has gotten. But when a candidate fails to win the endorsements of people that candidate should reasonably be able to win in that candidate’s specific area, that’s a different story.
Lingering in the background of all of this is the fact that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has not ruled out getting in to the race. It’s interesting that Baker and Leggett have already committed to Van Hollen before knowing what Cummings’ decision is. Or perhaps they do know?