Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has endorsed state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Dist. 39) for sixth district race for U.S. Congress, a campaign spokesman announced Thursday.
In a statement provided by Garagiola’s campaign manager Sean Rankin, Brown said:
"I'm very excited to endorse my colleague and fellow veteran Rob Garagiola for Congress. As Senate Majority Leader, Rob brings an incredibly high level of energy, preparation and common sense to help Maryland families meet the most difficult challenges. Whether he’s fighting for children’s health care, public education, new alternative energy sector jobs, or working with us to cut wasteful spending and balance the state budget, we always count on Rob to bring new ideas and practical solutions — which is exactly what we need in Washington.”
Garagiola, 39, of Germantown, is among a growing field of candidates campaigning for the newly redrawn sixth Congressional district represented by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, a 10-term Republican from Frederick County who’s campaigning to keep the seat.
Another Democrat, John K. Delaney, has said he’s exploring the possibility entering the race. There’s also interest from within the GOP, including Republican Party Chair Alex X. Mooney , Bud Otis, who resigned Wednesday following several news reports that he had been soliciting support for his own campaign should Bartlett choose not to run.
Other candidates include Republican opponent Robin Ficker, former Montgomery County Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg, who is a Democrat, and Republicans Robert Coblentz, of Washington County; Joseph T. Krysztoforski, of Baltimore County; and Brandon Orman Rippeon, of Frederick County.
This story has beeen updated in order to correct an error. State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola represents the 15th legislative district.