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Montgomery Teachers Pick Duncan, Mfume

Montgomery County teachers have recommended that educators throughout Maryland endorse their county's leader for governor and former congressman Kweisi Mfume for U.S. Senate.

The support of the teachers union for County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) came after the group heard from both Duncan and his Democratic primary opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. In his remarks, O'Malley urged teachers not to make a decision based on "familiarity and friendship."

Union Secretary Abby Hendrix, a Redland Middle School teacher, said it was Duncan's local record and his campaign platform to put "education first" that sold teachers. "That means a lot to educators in Montgomery County as it should to teachers throughout the state," she said.

The union said Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the state association's screening process.
The union also heard from Congressman Benjamin Cardin (D) before deciding to back Mfume, a former NAACP leader, for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Paul Sarbanes. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican candidate did not attend.

Montgomery teachers will make up the largest delegation at a statewide convention May 20, when the Maryland State Teacher Association makes its endorsements.

-- Ann E. Marimow

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 5, 2006; 7:12 AM ET
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Interesting that they pick the two losing candidates. Will this tighten the two primary races? or are O'Malley and Cardin too far ahead for it to matter?

How relevant is the MoCo teachers union in this race?

Posted by: John | May 5, 2006 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Of course they picked two losers. This is Montgomery County and they are teachers.

Posted by: Steve | May 5, 2006 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Teachers for Duncan? Do they not remember who it was who gave away Belt Jr. High School in 1999 to a private school instead of renovating it for the neighborhood kids? Done in secret, it benefited his friends who put him in office. Now Duncan wants to close Seven Locks Elementary, and relocate it - so that his developer friends can get their hands on the land and make a fortune. What are these teachers thinking? They really don't know much about him

Posted by: ConnAveEstates | May 5, 2006 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, who else do you think they would back. They paid for them lock, stock and barrel. Now it is payback.

Posted by: A Silver Spring Resident | May 5, 2006 5:23 PM | Report abuse

They picked Mfume over Cardin? Now that is an interesting development.

As for the rest of the O'Malley posters here--your boy isn't the frontrunner when polls are single digits. Sorry you guys have to live with that fact. Now that Duncan picked a financial rainmaker as his lt gov choice i expect it to tighten up.

Will O'Malley's rank and file teachers support him or just Brian D. Morris after that sweetheart land deal he got?

Posted by: Bryan | May 5, 2006 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey I have an idea... Lets get more O'Malley staffers to post on a Washington Post blog.

You guys are complete jokes.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2006 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how all of the Duncan staffers get nervous when there is any support for O'Malley whatsoever, and feel the need to post. Look who's the joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2006 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Cardin and O'Malley supporters are fear mongers. That's scary.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

This poster doesn't support O'Malley or Duncan. With Duncan you get regulation and taxes. With O'Malley you get a rockstar-wannabe who hasn't done anything in Baltimore thinking he'll move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I just enjoy watching the O'Malley people whine about the Washington Post when the BaltSun is about the most one-sided newspaper when it comes to their candidate.

For instance, some idiot complained on here that the Post didn't cover Duncan with his development issues--ahh, yah they definitely did big time, in fact they led the coverage.

Where's the Post and BaltSun on O'Malley's land deals?

Posted by: Bryan | May 6, 2006 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comments about the Sun, since last week they had two prominent articles asking why anyone would bother to pick O'Malley over Duncan.

They were pushing Duncan so hard, I was beginning to wonder if the Sun had left Baltimore.

Posted by: Lisa | May 8, 2006 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that the Post is in love with Duncan and has always silenced all of his critics in Montgomery County.

I'm a former journalist in Montgomery County and we reporters always laughed at the Post's coverage of Duncan.

Even Duncan's staffers used to brag about how the Post was in the back pocket of their man.

Posted by: The Post Has A Hard-On For Doug Duncan | May 8, 2006 9:28 AM | Report abuse

You don't have to be an O'Malley staffer to see what Duncan thinks about the average working person in MoCo. He screwed the neighborhood kids out of their school in Wheaton to appease his buddies. Now he's trying to do it to Seven Locks. Tell me Duncan Lovers, how would you feel if were YOUR kid's school? Oh, and during the same time, MoCo bought and tore down at least 4 homes in Bethesda to expand the campus of Bethesda Elementary. Hmmnn, there's money for wealthy white kids in Bethesda schools, not so much for black and Hispanic kids in Wheaton.....
Fearmongers? You are so naive about Duncan - I've seen how he treated the people in my neighborhood, who only wanted a school for their kids right down the street. You know, just like the ones in Potomac. We're just not high profile enough to rate an article in the Post.

Posted by: ConnAveEstates | May 8, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The BaltSun wrote 2 nice articles about Duncan--oh my, that's it, here comes the endorsement! After the 42 negative articles they managed 2 positive ones--well really one and one negative O'Malley one. I'm not sure I'd go to press with that one (pardon the pun).

The WaPo as Duncan's tool? Well, I vividly remembering them ripping him a new one on development issues (and rightfully so if you ask me). They also wrote a few fluff pieces on MOM, so I'm not sure I'd say they're in 'think bigger's' back pocket (Who came up with that bad slogan anyway?).

Posted by: Bryan | May 8, 2006 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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