Dems Support Steele In Maryland

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State leaders have harsh words for the national Dems, and it could have the potential to swing the race:

A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince George’s County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele’s bid for the U.S. Senate yesterday.

The support from Curry, five County Council members and others barely a week before Election Day reflects their continued disappointment that the Democratic Party has no African American candidates at the top of the ticket and a sense that the county is being ignored, officials said.

“They show us a pie, but we never get a slice,” said Major F. Riddick Jr., a former aide to then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening and a former county executive candidate. “We are here today to say we’ve waited and we’ve waited and we’re waiting no longer.” […]

“The party acts as though when they want our opinion they’ll give it to us,” said Curry, Prince George’s first black county executive. “It will not be like that anymore.”

Harsh words, but they definitely ring true.

And frankly, after watching the debate on Meet The Press between Steele and Ben Cardin, I was inclined to take another look at Steele. He seemed very poised and his message was clear. He didn’t seem like a partisan hack at all, and I was certainly ashamed when my fellow Dems put him in black face earlier this year. Disgusting stuff.

This will be an interesting race to watch next week. I can’t wait.