MoCo Dems Unite Behind Navarro
With just eight days to go before the special election for an open seat on the Montgomery County council, Democrats put forward a united front this afternoon for their party's nominee, Nancy Navarro. After a sometimes bitter primary contest, even those who had supported Navarro's main rival turned out to support her at a news conference outside the council building in Rockville.
County Executive Isiah Leggett, who had backed Del. Benjamin Kramer in the primary, urged fellow Democrats to set aside their differences and pledged his "unwavering support" to Navarro.
"It's time for us to come home and unify behind an outstanding candidate," Leggett said, vigorously shaking Navarro's in front of the cameras. "Let's get behind her!"
Navarro faces Republican Robin Ficker and Green Party candidate George Gluck in the general election on May 19 to fill the District 4 council seat left open by the death in January of Don Praisner.
Navarro's event today appeared to leave no Democrat in the state behind, with prepared remarks read by surrogates from Maryland's governor, the two local congressmen and other statewide elected Democrats. Council members who backed Kramer or remained neutral also showed up to support Navarro.
Noticeably absent from the event and the list of endorsements handed out by the campaign, however, was Kramer himself. According to Navarro's campaign, Kramer has not returned phone calls or e-mail messages.
May 11, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
Categories: Ann Marimow , Montgomery County
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