Muse, Miller on the Baker bandwagon in Prince George's
Members of Maryland's General Assembly often are thought to have a fair amount of influence in Prince George's politics, so the endorsements of county executive hopeful Rushern Baker by State Sen. C. Anthony Muse, and Senate President Mike Miller could prove helpful to the Baker campaign in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. They join State Sens. Jim Rosapepe and Paul Pinsky, who have already backed Baker, which means half of the county's Senate delegation have taken sides in the race.
Muse, a velvet-tongued minister who is senior pastor at Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro and a veteran Annapolis legislator, said the decision to back Baker had not been easy.
"All of the candidates are my friends," Muse said.
But Sunday, from the pulpit, and again Tuesday at a Baker campaign event, Muse said he thought Baker was best suited for the job.
"I have watched him build coalitions and reach across the aisle," Muse said, who described Baker as having the necessary "toughness" to solve the county's vexing problems: underperforming schools, a shortage of jobs, and a too-high crime rate,though it is at a historic low this year.
Miller, whose district includes a southern sliver of Prince George's, invoked Franklin Delano Roosevelt to explain his support for Baker, whom he said would give Prince Georgians a "new deal, a fair deal, a square deal."
The support of the two senators could bring more foot soldiers to the Baker campaign in southern Prince George's, where Sheriff Michael Jackson, one of five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for county executive, has substantial political strength.
State Sen. David Harrington, whose district is in the northern part of the county, also attended and is backing Baker.
"This is big," said former County Executive Wayne K. Curry, who acted as the master of ceremonies at Tuesday's endorsement announcement in Camp Springs. Besides Baker and Jackson, the other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Prince George's executive are County Council member Sam Dean, Del. Gerron Levi and Henry Turner, a developer and businessman
August 24, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections | Tags: ark of safety, c. anthony muse, mike miller senate president, rushern baker prince george's, wayne curry, wayne k. curry
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