Franchot endorsed by 112 former, current elected officeholders

This is a photograph of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

112 current and former Maryland elected officeholders endorsed Peter Franchot’s 2022 gubernatorial campaign, according to an announcement released Thursday by Franchot’s campaign.

“Today, I’m incredibly excited to announce that 112 current and former elected officials have just endorsed my campaign for governor. These hardworking servants hail from every county and jurisdiction within our great state, and I am grateful for their friendship and trust,” Franchot said.

Mr. Franchot, a Democrat, is the state’s elected comptroller.

“As your next governor, I will work for all of Maryland and ensure that no one gets left behind,” Franchot said.

“Together, we’ll deliver bold solutions to the challenges we face and raise Maryland’s expectations for what a competent government can achieve and what our people deserve.”

Mr. Franchot is the first state Democrat to enter Maryland’s 2022 gubernatorial contest.

Former Republican Congressman Supporting Franchot 

Amid the notable names of former elected officials standing behind Franchot’s gubernatorial bid is former U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest.

Gilchrest represented Maryland’s 1st Congressional District for 18 years.

He left the Republican Party in 2019 and registered as a Democrat.

“I felt close again to Elijah’s deep courage and integrity, morality, and justice, and therefore compelled to leave the Republican Party, lacking in all four,” Gilchrest told Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodericks in February 2020.

Former Republicans like Gilchrest grow more disillusioned by the day, especially after the 2016 presidential election.

They watched in horror as the Republican Party succumbs to former President Donald J. Trump’s untethered,  freewheeling, flavor-of-the-week cultural conservatism.

TODAY, the GOP is magnetically attracted to fringe figures (e.g., U.S. Rep. Marjorie Tayor Greene (R-Ga.) and dangerous conspiracy theories (QAnon).

TODAY, the GOP seemingly eschews serious policy agendas in favor of begrudging Hollywood elites, targeting AOC, “owning the libs,” and lamenting cancel culture.

Washington County GOP Kingmaker Endorses Franchot 

Former state Del. Paul D. Muldowney of Washington County, a Democrat-turned-conservative Republican, says he backs Franchot’s gubernatorial run.

Muldowney – a former Hagerstown business executive with a southern draw, known to head one of only a handful of Washington County’s royal Catholic families – changed political parties sometime later in life and mainly stumped Republican candidates since his conversion.

In Washington County, Muldowney is one of the good-ol’ boys whose rings are kissed by aspiring candidates.

Candidates and elected officials alike today still pay homage to Washington County’s Republican Godfather – either for the proverbial nod or a sizeable campaign donation.

When Muldowney backs candidates, typically, those candidates win.

Consider the tale of Gov. Larry Hogan’s Director of External Affairs & Interagency Initiatives, Christopher B. Shank.

In 2010, Shank, an ambitious and politically astute conservative state House member, set his eyes on the District 2 Senate seat (Washington County).

With Muldowney’s support and backing, the young Shank, the House minority whip at the time, crushed his one-time political ally, Don Munson, in a Republican primary that few will ever forget.

Shank went on to serve a single term in the state Senate. He was re-elected in 2014 but was quickly scooped up by Hogan in 2015 to serve in his new administration.

Don Munson, a beloved albeit corky relic of old-school Annapolis politics, had few mortal enemies, political or otherwise – except for Paul Muldowney, whom Munson is said to loathe, decades later, beyond measure.

Two years after losing a primary to Shank, the always-resilient Munson was on the political mend: Hagerstown voters in 2012 elected Munson to their City Council.

Munson was re-elected in 2016 but resigned in November 2017.

The Politicians Backing Franchot 

Maryland Senate Endorsements (currently serving) (1) 

  • State Sen. Craig J. Zucker (D-Montgomery). Zucker was Franchot’s legislative director from 1999 to 2000, while Franchot served District 20 in the House of Delegates, an office he held for 20 years until being elected the state’s comptroller in 2016.

Maryland House of Delegates Endorsements (currently serving) (3) 

Franchot endorsers say what?

Barlett, critical of the Hogan administration’s handling of unemployment benefits, said this of Franchot:

“After seeing over a year of the mishandling of UI claims, to the point of inability to answer the phone for people on the brink of desperation, yet still being told by the current administration how well the UI system works, I am more than ready to have a Governor who is effective, efficient, personable and willing to put Marylanders in the best position to enjoy the opportunities of this beautifully diverse state! That’s Peter Franchot!”

Del. Queen homes in on Franchot’s 35-year career in public service, saying:

“Peter Franchot is uniquely qualified to be the next Governor with his 15 years on the Board of Public Works and his 20 years in the House of Delegates. I look forward to an inspiring and inclusive government under his leadership.”

County Officeholders’ Endorsements (currently serving) (25)

Maryland Mayoral Endorsements (currently serving) (14) 

ABC 7 reported Wednesday that four of the six women who sit on the council signed off on a resolution alleging several allegations against Maldon, including “bullying, a failure to sign checks, improperly conducting meetings,” and ‘misappropriating and misusing Town employees as contractors to perform personal work for certain citizens and councilmembers.”

Maldon says the allegations are false, and he’s working to collect signatures from the town’s registered voters to force a referendum.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, a Maryland Army National Guard officer currently deployed in Africa, issued Mr. Franchot, 73, a heartfelt seal of approval, saying:

“I am proud to endorse Peter Franchot for Governor of Maryland. I have admired Peter for many years as he transcended politics in the name of a better Maryland for every one of her proud sons and daughters. Peter has elevated the Comptroller’s office to a finely-tuned organization.

I am in awe of his continuous insistence on a government that is both supremely competent and always responsive to its citizens. Peter has been fearless in confronting unfair treatment of Maryland small businesses, confronting structural barriers to opportunity, and ensuring that no part of our beloved state goes unseen or unheard.

I recognize in Peter a fellow Soldier’s tenacity. Maryland needs that.

As I transition back into my job as Mayor, I look forward to working with Governor Franchot to ensure Maryland cities, towns, farms, and families benefit from his vigorous commitment to a rising Maryland for us all.”

During his time in office, Peter Franchot has visited every community across the state, from Accident to Crisfield and every zip code in between, including thousands of small businesses.

He has built an unparalleled collection of relationships with state and local leaders from all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. Franchot is uniquely qualified to understand their needs, maintain their trust, and work hand-in-hand to ensure each of their communities recovers fully from the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Municipal Officeholders’ Endorsements (currently serving) (15)

Law Enforcement Endorsements (currently serving) (4)

Ryan Miner is the Editor of A Miner Detail, a leading Maryland politics blog and multimedia news hub. He is the host of A Miner Detail Podcast. News tips and feedback:

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