By Michael Dresser
4:28 PM EDT, May 7, 2014
The Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council threw its support behind Del. Aisha N. Braveboy Wednesday in her race for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
Braveboy, a two-term lawmaker from Prince George's County, is competing against Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County and Del. Jon S. Cardin of Baltimore County in the June 24 primary.
Her endorsement by the Baltimore building trades unions follows the decision last month of the Washington construction unions to support Braveboy.
"all three candidates are good candidates," said Rod Easter, president of the Baltimore council. But Easter said labor is familiar with Braveboy from her work on the House Economic Matters Committee, which handles most of the legislation affecting unions.
"She has been a staunch supporter of workers rights and issues that affect members of the building trades," Easter said. "It's a no-brainer. It's the right thing to do."
Frosh is the leader in fund-raising in the race, while Braveboy has struggled to bring in money. While Frosh usually votes with organized labor, he is also a longtime leader on environmental issues. Last fall, when the Baltimore building trades heard from the attorney general candidates at Turf Valley, he came in for skeptical questioning about his position on the expansion of a facility at Cove Point in Southern Maryland to be an export terminal for natural gas. The more than $3 billion project is strongly supported by the building trades and opposed by environmental groups that have backed Frosh.
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