Al Redmer Jr., the Republican nominee for Baltimore County executive, on Friday called on his opponent, Johnny Olszewski Jr., to declare whether he supports his Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, Ben Jealous.
“I am shocked and dismayed that the Ben Jealous campaign would like such an egregious comment about police officers,” Redmer said in a statement that called on Olszewski to say whether he backs Jealous. The Maryland Republican Party put out a similar statement Friday calling on all Democrats to say whether they support Jealous.
Olszewski responded with his own statement: “I support our Democratic candidates — from the top of the ticket to the bottom — because I need a team who believes in and supports my vision for building a better Baltimore County.”
Olszewski’s statement did not name Jealous, but spokesman Sean Naron said “top of the ticket” refers to Jealous.
At that time, Naron said, “Johnny has been and will be focused on the race for Baltimore County executive.”
Jealous and Olszewski share some progressive policy positions, such as raising the minimum wage and expanding pre-kindergarten. But Jealous is less popular in the Baltimore region than Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.