October 30, 2006

WHY NOT THE FRONT OF THE BUS?:

Curry, key Democrats back Steele (Jon Ward, October 30, 2006, Washington Times)

Former Prince George's County executive Wayne K. Curry, backed by five black members of the Prince George's County Council, today endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Curry, a Democrat who became the first black Prince George's county executive in 1994, and served two terms, is influential in Prince George's, the state's second-largest county, with about 846,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. [...]

Prince George's is also 65 percent black, and is expected to play a key role in Maryland's Nov. 7 U.S. Senate race between Mr. Steele, who is from Prince George's, and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is white and from Baltimore.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2006 2:33 PM
Comments

This is a pretty decent endorsement. Hope it helps.

Why Steele's still down double digits in the polls, I do not know. He has whipped Cardin in terms of ads, debates, general media appearances, etc. MD may be the one state where Bush hatred brings down 2 strong candidates who would otherwise have won.

Posted by: JAB at October 30, 2006 2:50 PM

JAB - respectable polls have this race as too close to call or even Steele slightly ahead. Cook of political report (who is political Dem hack) even puts this race as a toss up. The only poll showing Steele down double digits is the ridicously slanted WAPO poll which has been shredded by the blogosphere.

Steele should win this race, the only caveat being that despite all of the endorsements by african americans the rank and file african americans might still vote Dem.

Posted by: AWW at October 30, 2006 3:20 PM

Many moons ago, at this very place, someone advised the faithful to keep their eye on Wayne Curry. There are currently five Black members on the 9-member Prince Georges County commission. All 5 of them join Curry in his endorsement of Michael Steele. Ben Cardin is burnt toast.

Posted by: ghostcat at October 30, 2006 5:22 PM

Yeah. I saw the thing with the Cook report, but its been double digits in earlier polls. Hopefully today was a big bang for Steele. He strikes me as a very strong candidate and MD would be missing out if they let their hatred of Bush lead to yet another undistinguished Senator like Sarbanes or Mikulski.

Posted by: JAB at October 30, 2006 5:38 PM

BTW, I speculated here before the primaries that Steele would win. He has run the campaign I expected, but Iraq and the general incompetence of the national congressional Republicans is obviously not helping. If he wins, he arguably should be the main story the day after the election even if the Dems take the House (which they appear to be about to do).

Posted by: JAB at October 30, 2006 5:45 PM

JAB - I repeat several other polls have had the race tied or within the MOE.

Steele, if he wins, would never be the story for the MSM. The MSM will profile a Dem even if it has to go down to County Dog Catcher to do it. If Deval Patrick wins the governorship in MA (as seems likely) I'll be he gets more coverage than Steele.

Posted by: AWW at October 30, 2006 8:41 PM
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