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A Wave of Late Endorsements

Maryland politicians are offering a burst of late endorsements of presidential candidates in advance of Tuesday's primaries.

House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) and Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy were among those stepping forward yesterday to announce their support of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

"Some politicians earn respect through the force of ideas and policies," Barve said in a release distributed by the Obama campaign. "Others are natural leaders who inspire us to dream big. I believe Senator Obama can do both."

The Obama campaign now claims the endorsements of 150 elected officials in Maryland.

On the Republican side yesterday, John McCain's campaign announced the endorsement of Maryland House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert), as well as eight state and local GOP party officials.

O'Donnell's backing of the Arizona senator puts him at odds with the No. 2 Republican in the House of Delegates, Minority Whip Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington), who was among those who joined Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, at a rally in College Park yesterday.

By John Wagner  |  February 10, 2008; 7:37 AM ET
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If Hillary makes it she will use her position to push through her ideas she had when she was 1st Lady. She failed then and thinks she can succeed now. The country is screaming for change. She will just oick up where she left off 8 years ago.

Posted by: Eileen | February 10, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

A vote for Huckabee is a vote for Slick Willy, putting him one step closer to putting his hand below the bible, with his wife's above it on Jan 20 2009. Keep it up you Hucksters.

Posted by: Scott | February 10, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I wish we could go back to where we were 8 years ago- big budget surplus, no war, the army not on the brink of self destruction, our honor not stained by torture, the constitution not subverted by an over-reaching executive branch, and the only scandals regarding hanky-panky. If Hillary can take us back to that, then I say let's go.

Posted by: MCPH | February 10, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

How soon everyone forgets the wonderful country we took for granted when Bill Clinton was president. Everyone knows Hillary was partly running the show so it should stand to reason she should officially run the show now. I say put her in office and let her do her stuff, if Bill is involved, all the better for us! Let Obama get a few more years under his belt. He has truly spent his time in the senate running for president.

Posted by: JD | February 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The problem with your "take up back" theory, is that Bill Clinton is not running for Presiden; Hillary is running.

M.J. was one of the best to play the game, but I would not sign is wife to the Lakers.

Posted by: Reginald | February 10, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The 1990s Clinton administration presided over the transformation from decades of Democratic congressional majorities to Republican control and scandal that led to Bush's 2000 victory. The reason why many red state elected democrats have endorsed Obama is because they believe that their election and the party in their states, will benefit from avoiding the divisive polorization of Clinton heading the ticket. While Clinton or Obama can win traditionally blue states in the general, Obama has the best chance to take a few red states and help local democrats in red states that democrats can't carry in the presidential vote.

Posted by: R.C. Fillmore | February 10, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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