The re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today circulated the following press release trumpeting the endorsement of Mr. Cardin's 2006 Democratic Primary competitor, Kweisi Mfume. To provide a little context, The Washington Post in an article today remarked, "The support of Mfume, the former head of the NAACP, is significant in part because Muse, who is African-American, has made the fact that there are no black members of the Senate a part of his campaign pitch."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONGRESSMAN KWEISI MFUME ENDORSES SENATOR BEN CARDIN
Baltimore, MD – Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, five-term Congressman for Maryland’s 7th district and former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has announced his support for the re-election of Ben Cardin to the U.S. Senate.
“I am happy to join President Obama along with a host of Marylanders in supporting Ben's re-election to the U.S. Senate. Ben stands up for the values important to Marylanders and I believe we need to keep him in the U.S. Senate working hard for all of us,” Congressman Mfume stated. “Whether he’s fighting to create jobs, supporting our small businesses, protecting retirement security, expanding health care coverage, keeping our air and water clean, or defending civil rights, Ben works around the gridlock and gets the job done. Importantly, I know that he is a principled leader who understands that compromise is possible without sacrificing important values.”
“Kweisi’s support is very important to me. He has a long and distinguished record of service to the people of Maryland and we worked together for many years in the House of Representatives to advance the issues important to the people of Maryland. He is a good friend and I am fortunate to continue to be able to rely on his advice and good counsel. I am honored to have his support." Senator Cardin said in response to the endorsement.
Congressman Mfume joins an impressive list of state elected officials who have endorsed Senator Cardin, including but not limited to:
• Governor Martin O’Malley
• Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown
• Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
• Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett
• Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
• Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
• Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz