Sen. Chris Van Hollen is set to endorse Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker for governor tomorrow.
During the 2016 Democratic primary, Baker took heat from some corners for endorsing Van Hollen over then-Rep. Donna Edwards in the hotly contested Senate race. Like Baker, Edwards is African American and from Prince George’s. Baker’s bet has now paid off handsomely with Van Hollen returning the favor and endorsing him early for governor in a large field.
This is a big endorsement for Baker, as it gives him an entry to new areas of the state. Critical to making use of any endorsement, however, is an ability to take advantage of it by communicating it to voters along with other reasons to vote Baker. Putting that together will require money and a good campaign team.
They seem off on the wrong foot. I don’t know why they’ve chosen to go big with this major endorsement on the Friday before the Virginia elections. Still, Baker will have plenty of time to tout Van Hollen’s support, which will be more valuable if Van Hollen is game to introduce him publicly, cut commercials, or connect him with major donors to political campaigns.
Here is the Baker campaign’s press release:
TOMORROW: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen to Endorse Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to be Governor of Maryland
Upper Marlboro, MD – Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen will announce his endorsement and support of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III for Governor of the State of Maryland at 11:00 a.m. during a media event at the Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road, in Landover, MD. During this endorsement event, Senator Van Hollen and County Executive Baker will also address the impact and consequences of Republican attacks on and changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“I am proud and honored to have the endorsement of Senator Van Hollen for my candidacy as Governor,” said Baker. “I have known and worked with Chris for nearly 30 years and am proud to call him not only a colleague but a friend. Chris’ sterling reputation as a budget and policy wonk is only matched by his compassion and dedication to his constituents in Maryland. Chris was an incredible Maryland State Delegate, Maryland State Senator, Congressional Representative, and, now, as our U.S. Senator, he is fighting every day on Capitol Hill for the issues and concerns of every Marylander. I thank him for his endorsement and am confident that as Governor of Maryland, we will accomplish so much for the residents of this great state.”
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Endorses Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III to be Governor of Maryland
Friday, November 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center
8001 Sheriff Road
Note: I have mentioned it previously but wanted to remind readers that I am supporting Rich Madaleno for governor.