John Waters endorses DeRay Mckesson for mayor

John Waters, the famous Baltimore director, endorsed prominent activist DeRay Mckesson's run for mayor Tuesday afternoon.

In a video released by Mckesson's campaign, Waters says the frontrunners in the crowded face for mayor don't offer real change.

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"I realize many candidates wouldn't want my endorsement," Waters says in the video. "Sure, the two frontrunners in election polls would do a good job if they won, but would anything really change? ... Why not let somebody younger and more radical than I am have a crack at it?"

Waters, the screenwriter, author and actor, known for such movies as "Hairspay," also endorsed Mckesson's fashion -- a blue vest he wears nearly everywhere.

"I like DeRay's surprisingly well-detailed platform, his national presence, his un-macho but still angry raised fist and, yes, I like his fashion sense too," Water says.

Mckesson is one of 13 Democrats running to replace Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as mayor in the April 26 primary.

lbroadwater@baltsun.com

Twitter.com/lukebroadwater

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