(UPDATED 7:10 p.m.) Some Democrats running for office this fall don’t want to be seen with the President, but Anthony Brown is going back for seconds. President Barack Obama is heading to Maryland on Sunday to boost the lieutenant governor’s bid for a promotion.
According to the White House, Obama is slated to travel the Prince Georges County town of Upper Marlboro, where he will speak at a rally for Brown, who is running for governor against Republican Larry Hogan. The event will be held Sunday afternoon at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School.
Brown is one of only a few candidates nationwide who is welcoming the president’s support. Obama spoke at a Baltimore fundraiser in September for the longtime Democrat, who is running to fill the seat that will be vacated by his current boss due to term limits. This time, Brown’s campaign is counting on the Commander-in-Chief to help bolster the military bonafides he’s been touting on a host of TV ads.
While he took some extra time to tour Fort McHenry on his Baltimore visit, Obama isn’t sticking around the Land of Pleasant Living for too long this time. Immediately after the event, he’ll head to his home state of Chicago to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn.
Brown’s opponent Larry Hogan is getting his own headliner help. Next week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and ex-Pennsylvania head honcho Tom Ridge will each headline fundraisers for the businessman.
Last week, a Baltimore Sun poll showed Brown with a 49-42 percent lead over Hogan. Republicans think Hogan is poised to make a strong showing on Election Day in a state that’s consistently a Democratic stronghold.
UPDATE (7:10 p.m.) Obama showed up to rally the troops as planned, but apparently some people left early, according to Reuters:
Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
At least they showed up in the first place? Politico reports it wasn’t a mass exodus, relaying that the majority of the crowd stayed for the whole speech.
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