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Rushern Baker, like Fenty, gets early Post endorsement


Adrian Fenty is not the only local politician to get an unusually early boost from The Washington Post's editorial board. Today, the board published its endorsement of former Maryland delegate Rushern Baker for Prince George's County executive over main challenger Michael A. Jackson.

"Mr. Baker, a former state delegate and foundation executive, has developed a real-world, actionable program to address those challenges. By contrast, Mr. Jackson, the county sheriff, has stuck mainly to generalizations, vague promises and empty slogans."

Maryland's primary Election Day is Sept. 14, same as the District's.

As with Fenty, the board's preference for Baker comes as little surprise. In 2008, it was deeply critical of how Jackson's sheriff's department handled the no-knock raid on the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo.

More to the point, The Post also endorsed Baker in 2002 and 2006. The 2002 endorsement came in late July, with a follow-up about a month later. The 2006 nod came in a mid-August editorial. He lost to Jack Johnson both times.

Third time's the charm?

Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 4, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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People are definitely receptive in the neighborhoods.

Posted by: Hellmut | August 4, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak for Baker, but the endorsement of the Washington Post doesn't carry the weight it used to. The Post Post isn't the paper that it used to be. It's not helping Fenty at all.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 6, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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