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Barbara Boxer, Peter Franchot backing Kathleen Matthews in 8th District race

Barbara Boxer, Peter Franchot backing Kathleen Matthews in 8th District race
Kathleen Matthews, a former television anchor in Washington, is running for Congress in the 8th District. (handout / Baltimore Sun)

Kathleen Matthews' campaign for the 8th Congressional District picked up several high-profile endorsements on Monday, including two U.S. senators, the Maryland comptroller and a former lieutenant governor.

Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts announced Monday they are supporting Matthews, a former television news anchor and Marriott executive who splashed onto the state's political scene this year when incumbent Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced his campaign for Senate.

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Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot and former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend -- who briefly considered running for office this year -- also said they are backing Matthews' bid.

"Having served in the House of Representatives for 10 years, I know that starting on day one, Kathleen Matthews will have the clout, passion, and effectiveness to deliver on the issues that matter, which is what the people of the 8th District need and deserve," Boxer, who is retiring after this year, said in a statement released by the Matthews campaign.

Matthews, the wife of MSNBC personality Chris Matthews, is running in a crowded field that includes three state lawmakers, two former Obama administration officials and several others. But it is Matthews and state Sen. Jamie Raskin who have secured the bulk of the endorsements in the contest and who are raising the most campaign money.

The 8th District is based in Montgomery County but includes portions of Frederick and Carroll counties. The district is considered reliably Democratic in the general election, which is why several Republicans who live in the district have decided to challenge Rep. John Delaney in the neighboring 6th District rather than taking a shot at an open seat.

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