House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has endorsed Maryland Sen. Rob Garagiola in his bid for Congress, campaign officials formally announced Wednesday.
Roll Call was the first among news media to hint at the endorsement Monday on its political blog At the Races. Garagiola, a Democrat from Germantown, mentioned the endorsement in a posting on his campaign’s Facebook page Monday morning.
In the fight to represent the Democrats in the April primary, the candidates who’ve raised the most money were Garagiola, Potomac businessman John Delaney and Air Force doctor Milad Pooran from Frederick County, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Charles Bailey, of Washington County, and Ron Little, from Gaithersburg, round out the Democrat’s roster.
The eight Republicans in the race include incumbent U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who’s held the seat for decades. Bartlett — another leading fundraiser, according to federal election records — will face state legislators Sen. David Brinkley and Del. Kathy Afzali.
The other Republican candidates are Joseph T. Krysztoforski, Brandon O. Rippeon, Robin Ficker, Robert Coblentz and Germantown resident, Peter James.