Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, spent Thursday touting competing endorsements they’ve received in the gubernatorial campaign.
Hogan, a Republican, announced that the statewide Fraternal Order of Police endorsed him, four years after the organization supported Democratic nominee Anthony Brown. It’s the type of shift that Hogan’s campaign has pointed to as evidence of weak support in Jealous’ own party.
But Jealous gathered with a couple of dozen Democratic lawmakers at Suitland High School in Prince George’s County to announce the endorsements of the leaders of the General Assembly.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the former president of the NAACP would be the best choice for improving Maryland’s schools.
“People are coming together and we are here to say education and Jealous in November,” Miller said. “We can make it happen.”
“Let’s get back to the issues. What’s going to make Maryland great? Who has the better vision for this state?” Busch said. “I think, at the end of the day, the citizens of Maryland will think it’s Ben Jealous.”
Delegates and senators from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and Baltimore also spoke at the event in support of Jealous. Angela Alsobrooks, the Democratic nominee for Prince George’s County executive, also joined the gathering to back Jealous.
Jealous returned the praise, saying he’s “eager” to work with lawmakers, especially to improve Maryland’s public schools.
“Every single day, law enforcement officers in Maryland put their lives on the line to protect and serve their communities — and when we put on our badge in the morning, we know that our governor, Larry Hogan, has our back,” state FOP President Vince Canales said in a statement released by Hogan’s campaign.