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County Exec Johnson at Jackson Fundraiser

Rosalind Helderman

Prince George's Sheriff Michael Jackson has not officially declared he is running for county executive in 2010, but, like numerous other county politicos eyeing the spot, he's already fundraising for the possibility.

According to Jackson campaign manager Jack Booz, about 75 people attended an event to benefit the campaign committee Friends of Michael Jackson at Grace's Fortune in Bowie on Feb. 26, raising an estimated $15,000 for Jackson's future political ambitions.

About halfway through the party, Booz said, what car should pull up outside the Chinese eatery but PG1, the black sedan with the notable license plate that ferries County Executive Jack B. Johnson's (D)?

Johnson stayed at the event for about a hour, closing the place down, Booz said. Other notables in attendance included Johnson's chief of staff Michael D. Herman and attorney Marcell Solomon, a college buddy of the executive.

Whether Johnson will publicly back a successor for his position after he is forced from office by term limits in two years is one of the most intriguing questions in county politics. Whether his support would be helpful is also an open question. Johnson could choose to attempt to bequeath his well-oiled grassroots campaign machinery. His campaign committee also still has money that could be contributed to a chosen candidate's campaign.

But Johnson has political enemies as well, opponents who would look askance at any candidate who formally accepted his help.

Herman confirmed both he and Johnson attended Jackson's event but noted Johnson has made no endorsements for the 2010 election and their presence should not be misinterpreted.

"There were a lot of people there," Herman said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 4, 2008; 3:39 PM ET
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