Ruppersberger backs Rosen in 1st District

Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen picked up the endorsement of neighboring Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger on Wednesday in her bid for the nomination in Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

Rosen, a Baltimore County resident, is running for a chance to take on Republican Rep. Andy Harris in November. She faces John LaFerla, an obstetrician and former chair of the Kent County Democratic Central Committee, and Kim Letke in the April 3 primary.

"She knows what it takes to preserve our livelihoods -- protecting the Chesapeake Bay, keeping our communities safe, and investing in our schools," Ruppersberger said of Rosen in a statement released by the campaign.

The intra-district politics are worth noting here: Harris, who is widely considered safe for reelection this year, has been involved in Ruppersberger's district for weeks, campaigning for Republican state Sen. Nancy Jacobs' bid to unseat him. And so Ruppersberger, who is also considered safe, is now weighing into Harris' district.

Rosen's endorsement comes a day after LaFerla announced he had been backed by NARAL Pro-Choice America. The two candidates both appear to be running aggressive campaigns and the outcome may come down to the size of turnout in the Baltimore suburbs versus on the Eastern Shore.

LaFerla reported raising $83,186 for his campaign this year – that includes a $15,164 loan he made to his own campaign -- and Rosen raised $25,766. Letke has not reported raising money.


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