Marvin Mandel

In 1978, The Sun endorsed a dark horse — and helped him become governor

In 1978, The Sun endorsed a dark horse — and helped him become governor

In the 10 years leading up to 1978, Maryland had seen two governors come and go…and go in spectacular fashion. Sprio Agnew had been elected vice president, then resigned five years later in the wake of a bribery scandal that ended in tax evasion charges. His successor in Annapolis, Marvin Mandel, stepped down after being convicted of mail fraud and racketeering.

Maryland politics was in a bit of (understandable) turmoil, and now voters were being asked to choose their candidates for governor. With some luck, they would pick candidates who at least could avoid going to jail while they were in office.

That, clearly, was one of the concerns of the editorial writers for The...

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