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Muse, Miller on the Baker bandwagon in Prince George's

Miranda Spivack

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

--Miranda Spivack

By Miranda Spivack  |  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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Things are coming together for Rushern Baker and Prince George's County.

Posted by: Hellmut | August 24, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This is HUGE!!!!! Does Jackson have any of the Senators?

Posted by: sammarrow | August 24, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Hellmut you must not really care about true Prince Georgians. If you did, you wouldn't be in the Rushern Baker camp. He's looking for a power grab and anyone in the Mike Miller camp likes to play the game just like he does. What happened to actually serving and caring about people? Rushern Baker is not interested in office for those reasons; it's sad and very heart-breaking.

Posted by: omgypg | August 26, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

To omgypg:

I didn't know much about Rushern until this past winter, when I was attempting to dig out from one of the massive storms. Rushern literally showed up on my street with a few friends and helped me and my neighbors dig out so we could get to work. How is that for caring about Prince Georgians? The man helped me keep my job.

So, I suppose I don't see how being endorsed by several long-serving public officials means that Rushern Baker doesn't care about the community. If you have ever had a chance to speak with him (or be helped by him like I was) you would probably feel pretty bad about your comments.

Posted by: heathgrom | August 26, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Big deal about Rushern Baker helping to shovel snow. That's what any ordinary citizen should do to help others in hail, sleet, rain, snow or sunshine. What's the difference? Ordinary people do it every time there's a snow storm, not just when an election is coming up -- or at least that's what the glib Muse would preach from the pulpit.

Given the array of senators and delegates backing Baker, I am glad the other candidates have not soiled themselves and allowed themselves to be used as pawns. O course Sam Dean is being used by Ulysses "Shopper's Warehouse" Curry and Tom Dernoga.

Mike Miller could care less about Prince George's County. He lives in Calvert County and tries to control Prince George's through a sliver of voters. As for the good pastor Muse, he too has run for County Executive and lost quite a few times. Miller, Muse and the other state level people are backing Baker because he'll be a "good boy" and help get slots through.

Believe me, they don't care about Baker and his suspended license as of January 2010. They are unconcerned that he doesn't comply with the tax filins other people have to follow.

Baker is being bought through close to a million dollars in loans. In truth, members of Legislative Districts 21, 22, 26 and 27 are the "establishment" attempting to pick the next County Executive for all County residents. The specific names include Rosapepe, Frush, Barnes, Dernoga, Pinsky, Ross, Olson and Vallario. This includes union presidents too since sixty percent of them live outside of Prince George's County.

In fact, Cease and Wall, presidents for the sheriff's and corrections unions respectively live in Calvert County with Mike Miller. The fire fighters and FOP? Nope, they don't live in Prince George's either.

Three questions every resident of Prince George's should ask? What's in it for Glen Ivey? Baker is godfather to his children. What's in it for Senator Muse, the good reverend? Most importantly, since a third term is impossible for him, what's in it for Wayne Curry? Why hasn't Doug Peter's of Bowie and his role in all of this come out?

Cut the ties. Don't let the establishment, state senators, unions or non-County residents control Prince George's County. God knows they don't care about the people.

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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