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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.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 11, 2009; 4:03 PM ET
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Before Navarro leaves the Board of Education can taxpayers find out why so many leases - why so much long term debt?

How many cameras?

Why as Board President, Navarro didn't sign contracts?

Posted by: jzsartucci | May 11, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

All of these folks opposed the Ficker Amendment which passed countywide and in District 4 in November. It requires 9 council voters to exceed the charter property tax limit. There are already 8 council members to voted to exceed the charter limit by 400% and who increased property taxes by a record 13.5% in a recession. We don't need a 9th council member to make it unanimous and I shall not be. One votes now makes a difference on the council because they now need 9 votes to give us a big property tax increase. I shall veto their planned election year property tax increase.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 11, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't this press conference remind of humpty-dumpty? Why are these state-wide big shots trying to put Nancy together again?

Why does Ben Kramer feel that he was treated so visciously and unfairly that he won't show up to support her? I suppose I know how he feels. Nancy has untruthfully put out messages that I am for cutting services for senior citizens when all I have said is that I am opposed to the large tax increases that she has supported in a recession.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 12, 2009 3:06 AM | Report abuse

MoCo Republicans Unite Behind Ficker!

The entire MoCo Republican organization is behind Ficker, without dissent. Like fingers forming an iron fist.

Because NO Republicans are elected yet, in the People's Republic of Montgomery County, no high-profile press conference scheduled.

Ficker will lead a small, but mighty band of refugees in a hostile county, to the promised land.

After a decades long spending-spree, our schools and neighborhoods are deteriorating, and the tax base is erroding. When everyone leaves except Sally the Moocher, I assume she'll wake up and realize she'll have to tax herself, for her next hand out, or her next over-the-top union contract.

Plan B, British NewFoundland, because New Zealand is to far.


Mark D. Fennel

P.S. Count your votes on election day!

Posted by: mfennel1 | May 12, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

How can Navarro claim she is for working families when the state of Maryland secured a judgment against her husband's company in Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2008 for about $20,000 in unpaid unemployment insurance taxes from the years 2005 and 2006. If Navarro had any indirect or direct control over this company of her husband, she had to list the judgment on her 2009 Financial Disclosure Statement, which she did not.

Posted by: jason14 | May 12, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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