U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris Backs Jealous for Governor

Add U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) to the list of national progressive celebrities endorsing former NAACP president Benjamin T. Jealous to be governor of Maryland.

Harris, a former California attorney general and district attorney for San Francisco, announced her endorsement in a statement released Friday morning.

“Every day we see the damage being done to our country by this administration and we need leaders in our states like Ben, who have shown the political courage our families need right now,” she said. “Maryland has the opportunity to elect a leader who comes to politics as a civil rights leader, a businessman, an educator, and a father. He understands we elect leaders to stand up for working people and vulnerable communities so their voices are heard and change happens.”

U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris

Harris is the fourth potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination to have backed Jealous, joining fellow Sens. Cory A. Booker of New Jersey and Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Los Angeles Mayor Eric M. Garcetti. Other nationally known progressives endorsing Jealous are climate activist and TV personality Van Jones; author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben; and Rea Carey, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Just as significantly, Jealous enjoys the support of several progressive groups with a strong presence in the state, including key labor unions.

Jealous said he was “grateful” to receive Harris’ blessing.

“I’m thankful for her support,” he said, “and proud to have her as an ally as we build a broad diverse coalition committed to getting our schools back to number one, passing Medicare-for-All, enacting a $15 minimum wage, achieving criminal justice reform, and further advancing the rights of DREAMers in our state.”

Josh Kurtz
Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.


  1. Did she methodically evaluate all of the candidates or did her knee just jerk? I think she missed seeing a real progressive and picked the new one.

  2. Ms Harris does not support repeal of the Disabled Veterans Tax, S 66. This means Maryland will continue to lose the income tax revenue that repeal of this unfair tax would mean to the 80,000 disabled veterans and their families who pay this unfair tax and live in Maryland. I don’t think support from someone who takes funds away from Maryland taxpayers is someone Mr. Jealous wants to say supports him.


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