Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch endorsing the Brown-Ulman ticket. Kenneth Ulman is on the left, Anthony Brown on the right.
Maryland House Speaker Mike Busch threw his support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, highlighting the lieutenant governor's experience in his current position, as well as his time before that as a delegate in Annapolis. He says while the others candidates are good, Brown is the most qualified.
"None of the candidates in the Democratic primary... have the experience in the executive branch and the legislative branch, as well as the relationships Lt. Gov. Brown has."
Busch's stamp of approval is the latest in a long line of such endorsements for Brown. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Senate President Mike Miller are also supporting Brown, putting the state government's three most powerful officers in his corner.
Such endorsements have been brushed off by Brown's chief rival for the Democratic nomination — Attorney General Doug Gansler, who says they are unimportant. Brown disagrees.
"I value endorsements," says Brown. "They demonstrate the strength of relationships. Public service is difficult work. And if we're going to best serve the people of Maryland, you have to have strong partnerships between a governor and presiding officers."
Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur is also running for the Democratic nod. Her campaign announced several endorsements today, too, from several municipal council members in Prince George's County.