Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown reaped the fruits of loyalty Tuesday as he received the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton in Brown's campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Brown's campaign released a statement in which he announced the Clinton would campaign for Brown in Maryland next month. The lieutenant governor is competing with Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County in the June 24 primary.
The campaign released a statement in which Clinton praised Brown as "uniquely qualified" to lead the state.
"As lieutenant governor, Anthony has worked to create thousands of jobs, to make quality health care more accessible and affordable, to secure passage of some of the nation's toughest gun safety laws, to protect women and children from domestic violence, and to make record investments in Maryland's public schools," Clinton's statement said.
Brown, along with Gov. Martin O'Malley, was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton in her 2008 race for the Democratic nomination against Barack Obama, Brown's former Harvard Law School classmate. O'Malley and Brown stuck with their backing of Clinton even as Obama gained momentum that eventually led to an easy victory in the Maryland primary.
Meanwhile, Gansler was one of the first elected officials in Maryland to come out for Obama.