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Obama Campaign Claims 100 Elected Endorsers

The presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama today released the names of 100 elected officials in Maryland who are supporting the Democratic presidential hopeful in the state's Feb. 12 primary.

Obama's Maryland campaign is led by Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md). The list released today includes one third of all Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly, the campaign said, as well as numerous county and local officials. Among the more notable supporters: Prince George's County Exeucutive Jack Johnson (D), Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) and Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery).

The campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton has also enlisted some major Maryland supporters, including Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D).

Keep reading for the full list of Obama supporters as released by the campaign.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit
Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson
Annapolis Alderwoman Classie Gillis Hoyle
Anne Arundel County Democratic Party Leader Carl Corinthian Brooks

BALTIMORE COUNTY
Senator James Brochin
Senator Delores Kelley
Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr.
Delegate Dan Morhaim
Baltimore County Councilman Ken Oliver
Baltimore County Democratic Party Leader Penny McCrimmon

BALTIMORE CITY
Senator Lisa Gladden
Senator Verna Jones
Senator Nathaniel McFadden
Delegate Curt Anderson
Delegate Talmadge Branch
Delegate Cheryl Glenn
Delegate Hattie Harrison
Delegate Keith Haynes
Delegate Nathaniel Oaks
Delegate Barbara Robinson
Delegate Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg
Delegate Shawn Z. Tarrant
Baltimore City Council President StephanieRawlings-Blake
Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy
Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry
Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton
Former Baltimore City Councilman Keiffer Mitchell
Baltimore City Democratic Party Leader Donald Smith
Baltimore City Democratic Party Leader Ramona Moore Baker
Baltimore City Democratic Party Leader Gertrude Hack

FREDERICK COUNTY
Frederick County Board of Education Student Member Neha Kapoor
Frederick County Democratic Party Leader Adam Schultz

HARFORD COUNTY
Harford County Democratic Party Leader Gloria Barnhart
Harford County Democratic Party Leader Jerome Foster
Harford County Democratic Party Leader Rich Norling

HOWARD COUNTY
Senator James Robey
Delegate Guy Guzzone
Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball
Howard County Councilwoman Jennifer Terrasa

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Senator Brian Frosh
Senator Robert Garagiola
Senator Jamie Raskin
Delegate Saqib Ali
Delegate William Bronrott
Delegate Brian J. Feldman
Delegate Bill Frick
Delegate Jim Gilchrist
Delegate Tom Hucker
Delegate Kirill Reznik
Delegate Herman L. Taylor, Jr.
Montgomery County Councilman Roger Berliner
Gaithersburg City Councilman Ryan Spiegel
Montgomery County Board of Education Member Stephen Abrams
Montgomery County Board of Education Member Chris Barclay
Montgomery County Board of Education Member Dr. Judy Docca
Montgomery County Board of Education Student Member Ben Moskowitz
Montgomery County Democratic Party Leader Elly Shaw-Belblidia
Montgomery County Democratic Party Leader Marc Korman
Montgomery County Democratic Party Leader Oscar Ramirez

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Senator Ulysses Currie
Senator Nathaniel "Nat" Exum
Delegate Aisha Braveboy
Delegate Marvin Holmes
Delegate James Hubbard
Delegate Jolene Ivey
Delegate Gerron Levi
Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr.
Delegate Justin Ross
Delegate Veronica Turner
Delegate Jay Walker
Former State Delegate Rushern Baker
Former State Delegate Joan Pitkin
Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson
Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey
Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson
Prince George's County Councilman Samuel Dean
Prince George's County Councilwoman Camille Exum
Prince George's County Council President David Harrington
Prince George's County Councilman Tony Knotts
Prince George's County Councilman Eric Olson
Bowie Town Councilman Dennis Brady
Cheverly Town Councilman Micah Watson
College Park City Councilman Mark Cook
Laurel Town Council Chairman Fred Smalls
Prince George's County Board of Education Member Pat Fletcher
Prince George's County Board of Education Member Heather Iliff
Prince George's County Democratic Party Leader Mel Franklin
Prince George's County Democratic Party Leader Alex Rodriquez
Maryland State Board of Education Student Member Renford G. Freemantle

EASTERN SHORE
Delegate Rudolph Cane
Queen Anne's County Commissioner Gene Ransom
Queen Anne's County Commissioner Courtney Billups
Easton Town Councilwoman Moonyene Jackson-Amis

SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Delegate Sue Kullen
Delegate James E. Proctor, Jr.
Calvert Board of County Commissioners President Wilson Parran
Charles County Commissioner Reuben Collins II

OTHER
Democratic National Committee Member Karren Pope-Onwukwe
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA de Maryland*
Maryland State Board of Education Student Member Renford G. Freemantle

*title used for identification purposes only, and does not imply endorsement by organization

By John Wagner  |  December 13, 2007; 11:15 AM ET
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Of all presidential candidates, Obama has the deepest organization in Maryland. That is quite remarkable given that the governor is supporting an opponent.

Posted by: Yockel | December 13, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic nominee will be chosen on February 5, one week before the Maryland Primary.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | December 13, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

P.S. The nominee will be Obama.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | December 13, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse


That is an impressive list.

I can't imagine that the (former front-runner) Hillary's campaign can match it.

Posted by: Jim Berksnider | December 13, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the real deal.

He was against the war when it counted.

He didn't vote for war with Iran (as Hillary just did)

He has my vote.

Posted by: Suresh Khattak | December 13, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Robin,

Why don't you write on the blog you took over rather than wasting your time here.

Besides, you are neither a Democrat nor a Republican so why should we care what a disbarred lawyer thinks about the primary?

Posted by: MoCo Progressive | December 13, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama's support in the early states has caught up to his early, widespread support here in MD. I'm excited to watch as he rolls through the early states, gets to spend his big bucks to clinch the nomination on Feb. 5, and reaches Feb 12 for a ceremonial primary vote in MD. I love the fact that so many MD Dems stood up for the more progressive candidate in the face of the Democratic establishment's backing HRC.

Posted by: Terp for Obama | December 13, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

As a Kensington resident, along with Clinton spin doctor Mike McCurry, I am thrilled. Obama had my vote- I even have an ugly yard sign saying as much.

Posted by: Gina Hardin | December 13, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This just shows how much popular support Senator Obama has, even in states without an early primary. I predict this effort will continue as more people get to know the Senator and where he stands on the issues that matter. Here's to hope in 2008!

Posted by: Chrisi | December 13, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am very proud to be a part of this extremely impressive list of elected officials supporting Barack Obama for President.

Posted by: Ben Moskowitz | December 13, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I was inclined to cast my vote for Hillary, until I _really_ researched, read & compared. I would imagine this long list of impressive people did the same and came to similar conclusions: Sen. Obama has better and more realistic plans across the board. He's also more likely to be able to beat a Republican AND he can work across party lines. Finally, he seems above the mud-slinging that Sen. Clinton has begun recently. GO OBAMA!

Posted by: Ella | December 13, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

When looking over this list, not only is the quantity impressive but so is the quality. These elected officials are some of the best and brightest Maryland has to offer and their decision to support Senator Obama just goes to show just how much he brings to the table.

The tide has turned. The winds of change are blowing hard. Fired up and Ready to go!

Barack the Vote!

Posted by: Alex R. | December 13, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

As someone who isn't a multi-millionaire, Barack Obama seems to understand the plight of us average Americans. All we want is for our lives to be a little bit easier and when you have $40 million in the bank, it's hard for Hillary, John, Rudy and Mitt to understand that.

Posted by: Scott Goldberg | December 13, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Another college student of Obama. I am a senior at Hood College and I am proud to vote for Obama. I have been waiting for years for someone to run who I could really care about.

Obama Time!

Posted by: Dominique Marsalek | December 13, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Maryland! We can see that supporting a candidate that has the people's best interests at heart is the right way. Let's celebrate!: http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/joycedowling

Posted by: Joyce | December 13, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud of Rep. Elijah Cummings and Attorney General Doug Gansler for their enthusiastic support of Barack Obama. I am a proud volunteer in Maryland and we are all thrilled that the support for our candidate has grown so strong in our State. We will all be proud to say that Barack Obama is our president.

p.s.- MoCo Progressive- Let me guess-- Your an HRC supporter? Your tone sounds consistent with her campaign. It's too bad for the democratic party that there are those who want to hold on to the negative politics of old.

Posted by: Sharon | December 13, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

What's surprising about the Democrats in MD supproting the candidate that is the farthest to the Left? Obama is about as electable as the candidate on the other extreme-Mike Huckabee. Even with all the mistakes the Republicans have made in the last few years, the Democrats are giving the election away with Obama or Clinton as the nominee.

Posted by: This is news? | December 13, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Eternally disallusioned with the usual politics, Obama has motivated this independent progressive voter to actually register Democratic for the first time. So I'm not surprised that this long list of officials also support him.

This movement has been a long time coming....

Posted by: Molly | December 13, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign is more than a campaign. It's a movement for change and a movement for opportunity. I support Senator Obama because he is an idealist and he has a postive, progressive vision for the United States. We need his leadership.

Maryland For Obama!

Posted by: Brian | December 13, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm so proud to see so many MD dems supporting Sen. Obama. He is, hands down, the best candidate for president, and he is the only candidate who can beat a Republican in the general election.

Posted by: Seryozha | December 13, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Robin, disregard that imposter.

And as long as I'm posting here, it's worth pointing out what a disaster Obama would be for working Americans. A look at his voting record demonstrates that he will open the borders to the cheap labor provided by so-called "guest workers", a.k.a illegal aliens, though an amnestry program.

http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=IL&VIPID=1162

Posted by: The Real MoCo Progressive | December 13, 2007 7:52 PM | Report abuse

That should be "amnesty", not "amnestry".

Posted by: The Real MoCo Progressive | December 13, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious as to why the PG County Councilpersons who endorsed Steele last year are endorsing Obama this year? It seems like it really is all about race. (All of those Democrats who endorsed Steele except apparently Marilynn Bland have endorsed Obama).

That said, I'm glad Obama's doing so well in Maryland and across the country. How many of these people are superdelegates? Does this give Obama an early lead in delegates at the convention?

Posted by: Curious | December 13, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Obama is a millionaire. No biggie, he is still better than Hillary.

Posted by: fact check | December 13, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks, America is not going to elect a former crack smoking black guy in 2008.

Posted by: The fact is... | December 13, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, folks, the America that won't vote for Obama because of his race, is not going to get to decide what kind of America we live in anymore. . .

Posted by: Not so sorry | December 13, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, go Obama! Do we really want Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton?

Posted by: Dan | December 13, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Both sides quietly yearn to "lay down their arms". People want to tackle real problems. Obama is the only person, on either side, who can credibly call for such a change, and make it happen. If Hillary called for it both sides would simply laugh keep shooting at each other.

This is more great news for the Obama campaign. The depth of his support, which has been ignored by the media for the last year, is becoming too large to ignore.

People do not want to re-live the battles of the Clinton years. Hillary is not a bad person but she is trapped in the role created for her.

Posted by: Keith | December 13, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

It's about time people started taking Obama seriously!

Posted by: Shaunna | December 13, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the choice that will give us the best chance to change business as usual in Washington back to the people's business in Washington. It is good to see so many in Maryland rising to support him.

Posted by: Ricky Pursley | December 14, 2007 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the choice that will give us the best chance to change business as usual in Washington

http://www.seferm.com/sefermspecials/personoftheyear/person-of-year.asp

Posted by: Will Ford | December 14, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually the Maryland Primary does matter. The nomination is won by delegate count. Voters in Maryland and Virginia are key to shoring up the nomination for Obama.

BTW, Obama is now a millionaire $1.3 mil. Not much compared to Edward's $50mil and Clinton's $30mil. In fact, HRC spent 20 years of her life living in the White House or Governor's mansion. It's hard to connect with voters if you've not walked a mile in their shoes.

Posted by: Major Man | December 14, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

We see our goodness and intelligence represented through Barack (and Michelle) Obama-- he exudes authenticity!

He lives the answer to the question...how do we educate others?

A new perspective is in town -----MOVE OVER ---Neocons

Posted by: Another Hispanic Supporter | December 15, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Get the crying towels ready fascist "progressives". Heartache is coming in the form of another Republican president. Thanks for propping up two unelectable Democratic candidates. When will you learn that you can't have your cake and eat it too?

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