Political Notes: Hoyer Backs Baker for Governor; Khizr Khan to Appear With Kamenetz

By Josh Kurtz

This is almost a “dog bites man” situation, but is still worth noting: U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D) on Tuesday is endorsing Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) for governor.

Hoyer’s congressional district takes in most of outside-the-Beltway Prince George’s, and he has been a fixture in county politics for half a century.

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U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer

“His list of accomplishments in Prince George’s County don’t begin to capture what a deeply good man he is,” Hoyer said in a statement. “A man who chose to work with grassroots community development in D.C. after he graduated from law school. A man who made communities safer and improved the lives of families in Prince George’s County through his impressive term as County Executive. A man who consistently chooses what’s best for his constituents over what’s best for his political career. Rushern Baker is the kind of leader Maryland needs.”

Baker in turn said he was “honored and humbled” by the endorsement.

Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, joins U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett as high-profile backers of Baker, who is emerging as the favorite of the party establishment in the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary.

But while Baker has big-name Maryland Democrats, one of his opponents for the gubernatorial nomination, Baltimore County Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz, has a bigger superstar in his corner – at least for a night. Kamenetz will be joined at his campaign headquarters in Pikesville Tuesday evening by Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who stole the show at the 2016 Democratic National Convention with his denunciations of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Khan famously took out a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution during his speech and offered to loan it to Trump.

According to an advisory from Kamenetz’s campaign, Khan and Kamenetz will be discussing protecting immigrants’ rights and “the role leaders play in standing up for our communities.”

Khan’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed during the Iraq War in 2004.

Finance Chairs for Redmer

Speaking of the position of Baltimore County executive, Alfred W. Redmer Jr., the state insurance commissioner who is seeking the GOP nomination for county exec, announced Monday that two Baltimore County businesswomen would serve as finance co-chairs of his campaign.

They are:

  • Tracey L. Hoehn, whose family owns Eastern Excavating and Eastern Mechanical. In addition to her business career, Hoehn has been a fundraiser for Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, and Baltimore County Council District 3 candidate Ed Hale Jr.
  • Tammi Reeder, owner of a RE/MAX FIRST CHOICE real estate franchise in Essex, with a second location in Nottingham. She also owned The Gin Mill in Canton for 17 years.

“With their help, we are going to run the most competitive race for County Executive in a generation, and give voters a real choice in November,” Redmer said in a statement.

He is squaring off against state Del. Patrick L. McDonough in the Republican primary for county executive.

Josh Kurtz
Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading 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 later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.

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