Outgoing Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett (D) has been generous with his political endorsements this campaign cycle.
Leggett has, so far, given his seal of approval to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s III (D) gubernatorial campaign; Montgomery County Council at-large candidate Gabe Albornoz, the director of Montgomery County’s Department of Recreation; District 15 candidate Lily Qi, who is the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer to Leggett himself; and District 39 candidate Gabriel Acevero (D).
One former Montgomery County employee is conspicuously missing from Leggett’s list of endorsees: Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown).
Miller, a state delegate representing District 15, is running to succeed Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. A longtime Montgomery County government employee, Miller ostensibly fits Leggett’s endorsement criteria.
Miller and Leggett are said to have a “great and working relationship.”
Montgomery County political insiders do speculate that Leggett will endorse Miller’s congressional bid, but when?
Shortly after the 44th Annual Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Awards Luncheon, scheduled for March 16 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in North Bethesda.
At the March luncheon, Leggett is slated to receive the MCCC Public Safety Champion of the Year Award.
Leggett’s award will be presented by Total Wine & More, which is co-owned by David Trone, Miller’s chief rival in the Sixth Congressional District Democratic primary. It’s unclear whether David Trone will personally present Leggett the esteemed award.
Total Wine & More is among a handful of Montgomery County businesses included in the Chamber’s “Leadership Circle.” Trone, who co-owns Total Wine & More with his brother, Robert, has for years been a major financial benefactor of Montgomery County’s Chamber of Commerce.
Multiple sources tell A Miner Detail that Leggett has not endorsed Miller’s congressional candidacy sooner out of concern that Trone could withhold financial support from the Chamber’s Public Safety Awards March luncheon.
Leggett is, however, expected to formally endorse Miller’s candidacy shortly after the Public Safety Awards luncheon.
When reached for comment on Thursday, Miller’s campaign told A Miner Detail that they couldn’t comment on Leggett endorsing Miller, adding that Miller would be honored to earn Leggett’s endorsement and support.
Miller is locked in a crowded Democratic primary with state Sen. Roger Manno (D-Silver Spring), Dr. Nadia Hashimi, retired Army officer Andrew Duck, Christopher Hearsey, and businessman David Trone.
The last day to file to run for office in Maryland is Feb. 27 at 9:00 p.m. Maryland’s primary is set for June 26.