Campaign notebook

August 23, 2006

Glendening backs Mfume for Senate

Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, has landed his biggest endorsement yet, his campaign said yesterday.

Former Gov. Parris N. Glendening will endorse the five-term congressman and former NAACP chief during a news conference tomorrow at City Dock in Annapolis, the campaign said.

"I've got a lot of respect for Governor Glendening," Mfume said yesterday. "I'm one of his biggest fans with respect to the notion of smart growth and protecting our environment, our wetlands, our lakes and streams and making sure that urban development was planned urban development."

Mfume's principal rival, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, has won the support of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, former Gov. Harry R. Hughes and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Matthew Hay Brown

New ads for Franchot, Owens

The two Democratic challengers to Comptroller William Donald Schaefer released new television ads yesterday.

Montgomery County Del. Peter Franchot goes on the offensive with an ad calling opponents Schaefer and Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens "peas in a pod" with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Owens released her second TV ad - like the first, a positive ad extolling her record as county executive. The ad, narrated by the Rev. Mamie A. Williams, recounts how Owens helped redevelop the formerly all-black Wiley H. Bates High School as a senior housing and a recreation center.

According to Owens' campaign, the ad begins airing today in the Washington and Baltimore markets. Franchot's campaign said his ad would start running today in the Washington area.

Michael Dresser

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