Brown rolls out municipal officials' endorsements

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's campaign for governor rolled out about 70 endorsements from municipal elected officials around the state Tuesday -- among them seven members of the Baltimore City Council.

Brown's event in Ocean City follows by a day an announcement by his chief rival, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, of a series of proposals to combat domestic violence.


The lieutenant governor's show of strength came as city and town leaders from around the state gathered at the resort for the summer convention of the Maryland Municipal League. Brown was joined for the political event by his running mate for the Democratic nomination, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

Brown was one of several gubernatorial hopefuls -- Democratic and Republican -- to travel to Ocean City to build support for their campaigns.


The lieutenant governor's list of backers released Tuesday was particularly heavy on support from his home county of Prince George's. About two-thirds of the names were those of mayors or town council members of municipalities in that county. They included the mayors of Laurel, College Park, Bladensburg and Hyattsville.

Only one name from Montgomery County, Gansler's home base, appeared on the list. That was Peter Fosselman, mayor of Kensington.

There was a smattering of support from other counties from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. Among the notable names, Mayor Brian Grim of Cumberland; Mayor David Gysberts of Hagerstown and Mayor Michael Bennett of Aberdeen.

The Baltimore council members announcing support for Brown-Ulman were Warren Branch, Helen Holton, Nick Mosby, Brandon Scott, Rochelle "Rikki"Spector, William "Pete" Welch and Robert Curran.

Gansler's announcement Monday came exactly one year before he and Brown are expected to meet in the Democratic primary. Gansler said that among other things, he supports creation of what he calls Family Justice Centers around the state, domestic violence dockets in state courts and legislation increasing penalties for domestic violence committed in the presence of a child.

Unlike Brown, Gansler has not formally announced his candidacy or selected a running mate. His campaign has made it all but official, however, saying the attorney general will declare for governor in September.