Overshadowed by the increasingly active campaign for governor, the four Democrats running to succeed Douglas F. Gansler at attorney general got their moment of attention Monday as they appeared before construction union members to seek labor support.
The Maryland-D.C. Building Trades Council hosted a forum for the candidates as they gathered at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. Support of the building trades would be an important step toward gaining the endorsement of the state AFL-CIO, an important advantage in a Democratic primary.
Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Dels. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County, Aisha Braveboy of Prince George’s County and C. William Frick of Montgomery each stressed their support of labor. All were well-received, though Frosh had to field some tough questions about his record as a staunch environmentalist.
Cardin arrived about 20 minutes after the session began. He apologized and explained that he had gone to the wrong location, but his late appearance clearly threw him off stride.
Rod Easter, president of the Baltimore Building Trades Council, said Cardin's lateness made an unfavorable impression. He said the tardy arrival appeared to have cost Cardin his confidence.
“He wasn’t as in touch as the other candidates,” Easter said.
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