Campaign Notebook

October 05, 2006

State employees union backs Cardin

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, the Democratic Senate nominee, won the endorsement yesterday of the State Employees International Union Local 1199.

The union represents 10,000 Maryland and Washington residents, as well as thousands of workers in Massachusetts and New York, according to Cardin's campaign.

"Ben Cardin has been a true champion for the working families of Maryland and indeed the entire country," said SEIU 1199 President Dennis Rivera in a statement. "We don't have to guess where he stands on the critical issues facing our nation, for he has consistently been a leading advocate for better health care and better wages during his tenure in Congress."

FOR THE RECORD - A campaign notebook item in yesterday's Maryland section misidentified the union that endorsed Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin for U.S. Senate. It is the Service Employees International Union Local 1199. The Sun regrets the error.

Cardin is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and Kevin Zeese, who has been endorsed by the Green, Populist and Libertarian parties.

Jennifer Skalka

Franchot taps Schaefer advisers

Del. Peter Franchot, who defeated William Donald Schaefer last month for the Democratic nomination for comptroller, plans to announce today that he has enlisted some longtime Schaefer associates and other Annapolis veterans to advise him on budget policy during his general election campaign.

Franchot, a Montgomery County lawmaker who won by appealing to the party's liberal activist wing, also said yesterday that several moderate to conservative Democratic legislators have agreed to join his Fiscal Policy Advisory Council.

Among the members expected to join Franchot in Annapolis today are Robert Douglas, a longtime Schaefer loyalist who once served as gubernatorial press secretary, and Stephen Cordi, who served as deputy comptroller under Schaefer.

Other members Franchot will announce include William S. Ratchford II, formerly the General Assembly's chief budget watchdog; and Walter Sondheim, a longtime Baltimore civic leader.

Franchot said the legislators include Del. Norman H. Conway of Wicomico County, who is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Thomas M. Middleton of Charles County, chairman of the Finance Committee.

Michael Dresser

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