Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous is a rock star in national progressive circles. Bernie Sanders has visited Maryland twice to deliver his blessing. Other prominent senators, including Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, also have come to praise Jealous. And Jealous raises money across the country that other Maryland candidates can only dream of.
But at home, Jealous is showing weakness with a key constituency: Maryland Democratic officials.
While some party leaders are working hard to elect him, some current and former Democratic leaders are keeping their distance — alienated by Jealous’ left-leaning positions and several political missteps.