As was easily predictable, Gov. Wes Moore gave his full-throated backing to Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks in the Democratic contest for U.S. Senate, endorsing the woman whose support in her home county he has credited with helping clinch his own primary victory last year.
Also enthusiastically endorsing Alsobrooks at a Baltimore rally was her former primary rival Will Jawando, the Montgomery County Council member who dropped out of the race Friday. Joining them was Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller and Maryland’s other Black county executive, Howard County’s Calvin Ball, the third Democratic executive to back her run.
Alsobrooks has been endorsed by all but two statewide elected Democrats, along with three members of Congress, the House speaker, Senate president, legislators and prosecutors – more than a hundred current and former officials.
“Angela is a fighter. Angela is a leader. Angela is a public servant in every beautiful sense of that phrase,” Moore said. “And to understand why Angela is so good at what she does, you have to know her story. Because for Angela, this work isn’t political. It’s personal.”
Jawando said, “It’s time for Democrats to coalesce behind the strongest candidate who has the best chance to win this race and who fights for Marylanders with every bone in their body.” As a popular Black progressive from the state’s largest county, Jawando was considered a potential spoiler in the primary against U.S. Rep. David Trone, the multi-millionaire who has already plowed almost $10 million of his own funds into the race.
Besides running several TV ads and many on social media, the Trone campaign sent another glossy mailer to Democratic mailboxes this week highlighting his support for “abortion rights.”
Alsobrooks has far less money than Trone and has run no TV ads or sent any mailers, depending on free media coverage for a primary that is still almost seven months away on May 14.