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Former Maryland legislators Gilchrest, Morella among Republicans endorsing Biden

Sen. John McCain at podium with Sen. Russ Feingold, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest and Rep. Connie Morella during a community meeting at St. John's College.
Sen. John McCain at podium with Sen. Russ Feingold, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest and Rep. Connie Morella during a community meeting at St. John's College. (Mark M. Odell / The Capital Gazette)

Connie Morella and Wayne Gilchrest, two Maryland Republicans who served multiple terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, have endorsed Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden as a group of former GOP legislators have come out to support the former Vice President over incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.

In a news release from the Biden campaign, Gilchrest and Morella were listed among 25 other former Republican members of Congress to endorse Biden over Trump for the 2020 presidential election.

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Former Maryland Republican members of Congress Wayne Gilchrest and Connie Morella have announced their endorsements for Vice President Joe Biden for President.
Former Maryland Republican members of Congress Wayne Gilchrest and Connie Morella have announced their endorsements for Vice President Joe Biden for President. (Baltimore Sun staff)

The Biden campaign wrote that former Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake will give remarks as to why he’s supporting Biden over Trump later today, contrasting the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flake was among a number of Republican lawmakers who did not seek re-election in 2018 and was a vocal critic of Trump before he left the U.S. Senate after a single term.

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“In a strong rebuke to the current administration, these former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruptions, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” the campaign wrote.

Gilchrest served as Maryland’s representative for District 1 from 1991 through 2009, before he was ousted by current U.S. Rep. Andy Harris in the 2008 Republican primaries. Harris would lose that general election to Queen Anne’s Democrat Frank Kratovil before defeating him in 2010.

Morella served as Maryland’s representative for District 8 from 1987 through 2003, when she was defeated by Democrat Chris Van Hollen in the 2002 general election.

“These former Members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden because they know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as President have superseded partisanship,” the Biden campaign’s statement continued.

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