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Clinton Lends Support To Gubernatorial Campaign Of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was joined on-stage by former President Bill Clinton.
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Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was joined on-stage by former President Bill Clinton.

Big name endorsements have helped Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to the top of the polls in the Democratic primary for governor in the state. In Montgomery County last night, Brown's campaign highlighted it's endorser-in-chief.

Former President Bill Clinton appeared with the lieutenant governor in front of about 700 people at a fundraiser at the Bolger Center in Potomac.

Clinton gave two reasons why he's endorsing Brown: first calling his career impressive and his agreement with the issues Brown is talking about on the campaign trail. The other: Clinton's belief that Maryland doesn't need to make many changes from the administration Brown is currently serving in.

"I think it's important when people have a deal that's working to build on it and not reverse it. I think Martin O'Malley has been a great governor of Maryland," Clinton said.

O'Malley, who also spoke at the event, was one of Brown's first endorsers.

The lieutenant governor's top opponent for the Democratic nod, attorney general Doug Gansler, has criticized the long list of endorsements Brown has received, saying the lieutenant governor promotes them because he has few, if any, accomplishments in office. Gansler's other chief attack is that Brown mishandled the rollout of the federal affordable care act in Maryland with which he was tasked. The state's online health benefit exchange website performed so badly when it launched that it eventually had to be replaced.

President Clinton dismissed those concerns.

"I do not want, ever in my life, to vote for a president or a governor who has never made a mistake or never had a setback. Because if you find one, that person has spent all day everyday locked in the office," Clinton said

Gansler's campaign was relatively quiet yesterday, as was that of Montgomery County delegate Heather Mizeur, the other Democrat running.

Gansler sent out two releases though. One highlighted the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union that represents the D.C. region. The other alleged that Brown has not fully donated to charity prior campaign contributions he received from Jeffrey Thompson, the indicted D.C. businessman linked to the scandal around the 2010 campaign of current District mayor Vincent Gray.

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