It's also worth noting that Maryland's 6th District is expected to be competitive in November -- not overwhelmingly Democrat -- and swing districts tend to elect centrists in both parties, not those attempting to position themselves as especially conservative or progressive.
But Pooran has been actively campaigning and the endorsements Tuesday were the second indication that he is not willing to cede the race to his better-known opponents. Campaign finance reports covering the last three months of 2011 show Pooran raised just over $68,000 and had $102,437 in the bank. Those numbers put him in third place on the money front, behind Garagiola, who raised $344,061, and Delaney, who wrote himself a $118,000 check.
"When I was running for president, I would tell people that in politics, the difference between doctors and lawyers is that doctors are fact-based," Dean, the former governor of Vermont and also a physician, said in a statement. "We solve problems, we don't argue about them."
The district, Dean said, "has been poorly represented for 20 years, and this year is a real opportunity for Democrats to change that. There is only one true progressive in the Democratic primary, and only one candidate who can win in November: Dr. Milad Pooran."
The primary is April 3.