Anthony Brown Gets Union Endorsement, Defense from Gansler Running Mate

Oct 28, 2013

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
Credit official photo

BALTIMORE (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has picked up a key union endorsement in the race for governor.

Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, were endorsed Saturday by the Maryland-DC Council of the AFL-CIO, which represents about 296,000 workers in the state.

Brown is running in the Democratic primary to succeed Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is term-limited. Also running in the heavily Democratic state are Attorney General Doug Gansler and state Del. Heather Mizeur.

Much of the state's Democratic establishment has endorsed Brown, including O'Malley, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and the leaders of the state Senate and House.

Maryland and D.C. AFL-CIO president Fred Mason calls Brown "a proven fighter for Maryland's hard-working families." Brown says he's humbled to receive the endorsement.

Delegate Jolene Ivey (D-Montgomery County)

Gansler Running Mate

Attorney General Doug Gansler’s running mate Jolene Ivey came to his defense in the controversy over a video that shows the Democrat at a teenage party.

Gansler has said he does not know if drinking was going on and that he only stopped by to talk to his son.

He did not check to see if there was alcohol use.

With his parenting skills under attack, running mate Ivey told WAMU that while Gansler should have handled the situation differently many parents have done something they regret.

Meanwhile, Dawn Harner, director of the Salisbury University Counseling Center, told WBOC that parents have a responsibility if they are chaperoning a party with high school or underage students to ensure alcohol is not part of the gathering.

She adds that applies even if you have to show up where your children are hanging out.