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Three days after his predecessor endorsed Republican Senate Michael S. Steele for the U.S. Senate, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson is coming out this morning for Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin.

Johnson and Rep. Al Wynn, who backed former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume in the Democratic primary, appeared with Cardin this morning in Palmer Park. The candidate started his day with a Democratic breakfast in Lanham, and after the Johnson-Wynn event was moving on to a meeting with party volunteers in Hyattsville, a radio interivew on the Kojo Nmandi Show, rallies with actor Michael J. Fox in Chevy Chase and Sen. John Edwards in Baltimore and finally, back to Largo for a get-out-the-vote rally with Johnson. Tomorrow Sen. Barak Obama will return to Prince George's County for a second rally with Cardin and other Democrats.

It's clear that black turnout will be key to this race, as well as the governor's contest. But Cardin is trying to make sure not only that African Americans come out to vote, but that they come out to vote for him.

Former Prince George's county executive Wayne Curry, five County Council members and other leaders endorsed Steele on Monday, and strategists are unsure how many votes that could turn for the Republican, who is the first African-American elected statewide.

Steele will be endorsed this afternoon by Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor at Hope Christian Church and other pastors.

By Phyllis Jordan  |  November 2, 2006; 9:39 AM ET
 
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You know it's an interesting election year when it's news that Democrats are endorsing the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

Posted by: MK | November 2, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The most important issue for me is which candidate will do the best job at getting money for our Metro system. So far I'm leaning to Steele,but would like to hear something from Ben.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | November 2, 2006 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This is one Democrat who will not be voting for Cardin.

Posted by: Rufus | November 2, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Republican Party voter suppression effort begins:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/01/AR2006110103202.html?referrer=emailarticlepg

Dems bring people the polls - Republic's try to stop them from voting. Classy.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2006 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The GOP efforts sound perfectly legitimate. If a voter cannot produce his/her full name, address, and birthday, that voter is not supposed to vote. There is nothing illegal about challenging that person and it certainly is not "vote supression."

Posted by: MK | November 2, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

MK,
If you don't think there is a problem with a party recruiting and training people to go to the polls with their #1 job of challenging people showing up to the polls, then you're blinded by your political leanings. This is tantamount to voter suppression just for the very real risk that this could cause major delays at the polls.

Republicans every year cry about voter fraud, though there is little or no evidence that people go to the polls multiple times to cast votes illegally. Most cases of voter fraud have to do with ballot stuffing or some other form of systemic manipulation, not the few extra random votes that some cadre of nefarious partisans voting tens of thousands of times to sway an election.

I would look at this very differently if the GOP manual did not expressly state that their #1 priority is to challenge voters, not help Republican voters, not make sure the poll workers aren't cheating, but to challenge voters. Voting is a right, not a privilege, and people need to be afforded every opportunity to properly participate in the process. Anything short of that, is voter suppression and the GOP should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: RCD | November 2, 2006 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Rufus: You're now claiming to be a Democrat? We are truly in Bizarro World.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | November 2, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I can see why it is news when leaders of the most loyal democrat constituency ever breaks ranks and endorses a Republican. But when they just stay with their party and announce that as the Democrats most loyal constituency, they will in fact vote for a Democrat, since when is that news? I thought it was supposed to be man bits dog that made news. If Cardin announced a bunch of pro-gun, pro-family, evangelical elected leaders from Carroll County, then it's news, this, however, is a stretch.

Posted by: huh? | November 2, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

RCD,

All the GOP is saying is that if a person fails to produce the legally required proof that they are a voter (name, address, birthday), then that person should be challenged. That voter could be either a Republican or a Democrat -- poll watchers have no idea of party affiliation. If a person is trying to vote legally and follows the law, there is no basis for a challenge. It is not as if every voter will be challenged -- only those who do not follow the law.

How can you be against that?

Posted by: MK | November 2, 2006 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Loudoun Voter, I've been a registered Democrat since 1978. Fact.

Posted by: Rufus | November 2, 2006 4:05 PM | Report abuse

To Robin Ficker: but Robin, just yesterday you said that the most important issue was the war in Iraq, and that you were leaning towards Cardin because he opposes the war. I do wish you'd make up your mind, Robin.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | November 2, 2006 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Jack Johnson in the primary but I am impressed that he came out in support of Cardin - at least he has some common sense. I haven't seen much else that he has done that is worth my vote.
What I don't understand why Curry and the 5 members of the Council couldn't give their reasons for supporting Steele - that tells me A LOT right there - it is clear that there isn't anything there to support (just take a look at his web site - there isn't anything there to suppost) and that the only reason they gave Steele the endorsement was because he is black. Shame.
Steele will not do anything about getting money for Metro - if it was important to him, he had the opportunity to do so when Erhlich got the ICC through - Metro should have been a part of that whole deal from the very beginning - of one didn't happen, the other didn't - the Republicans certainly showed their true colors on that one.
Interesting in O'Malley pulls it out - would he stop the ICC? Hmm. . .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

To the anonymous poster above, why don't you actually take a look at Steele's website instead of parroting Democratic talking points? Steele has a lot of information on there about his positions and his platform for when he's elected Senator. Anyone who says Steele is hiding from discussing the issues simply hasn't taken time to look for his amply documented positions.

Posted by: MK | November 2, 2006 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I have looked at and read through Steele's web site - it says nothing, simply because he hasn't done anything or accomplished anything - ever - not just during his 4 years in Annapolis - but never ever. . .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2006 4:51 PM | Report abuse

My neighbors in Prince George's County should reject ballot questions B,F,C and G on Tuesday!!!!

I am concerned that ballot questions B,F,C and G could potentially delay the purchase of vital public safety and life saving equipment, such as bulletproof vests, ambulances, and fire trucks.

These amendments could also hinder and delay the purchase of vital resources and public safety equipment.

These amendments would force the County Executive's office to add more red tape when responding to the needs of social and emergency preparedness agencies by requiring that new positions go through the government's long legislative approval process.

This would handicap rapid response and immediate intervention during emergencies.

Check out this great website about these measures....

www.badforcountygovernment.com

Families should vote NO on ballot questions, B,F,C and G!!

Posted by: Sharon | November 2, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ballot questions B,F,C and G on Tuesday should be passed in high numbers - the County Executive has way too much power and with all of the contracts that he has given without any bids (hmm. . .sound familiar?), there is not question that the need is there for oversight (hmm. . .something else we are lacking). Anyone who wants to five Johnson carte blanche is crazy - he certainly didn't get my vote in the primary and in my opinion, the county didn't do itself any favors by re-electing him. The other problem is that because of term limits, Johnson will have no problem repeating the same game during this term as he has nothing to lose. Again, there is nothing wrong with a little bit oversight. Nice that I got a 'ballot' in the mail yesterday telling me exactly how to vote on these issues and all of the other races - how frightening - how many people actually pay attention to this crap? Too many, I am afraid - oh - well - at least it tells me to vote for Cardin.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2006 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It looks as if the denial has turned to panic if a PG County Democrat endorsing a Democratic Senate candidate is news.

Posted by: BG from PG | November 2, 2006 8:38 PM | Report abuse

For the troops' reaction to Kerry's comments, click here:

http://www.freemyimage.com/ims/pic.php?u=5285RMjy&i=16246

Posted by: BG from PG | November 2, 2006 8:39 PM | Report abuse

It is true that Robin Ficker is the only candidate for Montgomery County Executive who has been speaking out against the war in Iraq. I heard him say on Plotkin this week that he had spoken out against the war on Plotkin in February, 2004. But he never said he was leaning toward or away from any U.S. Senate candidate because of the candidate's position on the war.

Posted by: jean | November 2, 2006 8:59 PM | Report abuse

To Robin "Jean" Ficker: wrong again, Robin. I guess using all those aliases has left you even more muddleheaded than usual.
By the way, why do you keep boasting about having put 20,000 criminals back on the streets during your career as an attorney?

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | November 2, 2006 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Robin Ficker has spent his legal career in Montgomery and P.G. Counties. Leggett has spent his in D.C.

Posted by: Leggett is D.C. not Montgomery | November 3, 2006 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Look at the post above. The Leggett campaign thinks you are guilty until proven innocent.

Posted by: You are guilty with Leggett, | November 3, 2006 7:39 AM | Report abuse

CHE, why are you posting Off Topic stuff about Pennsylvania in a blog dedicated to Maryland politics? Are you lost?

Posted by: Rufus | November 3, 2006 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Prediction Time:
In Prince Georges only.
For Senator:
Steele - 25%
Cardin - 70%
Other - 5%

For governor:
Erlich - 40%
O'Malley - 60%

PS - it warms my heart to see so many fellow PGers active in politics (unless they're all the same person).

Posted by: Laurel voter | November 3, 2006 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey Laurel voter, your PG projections will make for laughable reading come Wednesday morning.

Posted by: Rufus | November 4, 2006 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Laurel voter, given the Curry rumpus, I can't figure out why you think Cardin will get a higher % of PG votes than O'Malley, particularly since there is a very credible third party candidate in the Senate race who is likely to draw more votes away from Cardin than Steele.

Posted by: Count Bobulescue | November 4, 2006 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Simple.
Like a lot of things in my fair County, it comes down to race and demographics. While blacks outnumber whites 5 to 2, the whites are older and thus more likely to be of voting age. Further, they generally have a higher rate of turnout than blacks. And most importantly, I think blacks are far more likely to vote for a white candidate - particularly if he's a dem, then whites are to vote for a black candidate. Add that all up, and you get Erhlich winning a higher percentage than Steele.

Of course, the average black person in PG is doing pretty well for himself (and thus more likely to vote republican), so that changes the calculus a little bit.

I am also a little biased, in that I think Cardin is simply a better candidate, and I think Erlich is a better candidate.

I guess we'll see who knows the County better:) Throw out your predictions - i'd love to see how other think.

Posted by: Laurel voter | November 6, 2006 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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