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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
Updated: With quotes from Garagioa and O'Malley.  The state's top Democrat will weigh into one of the most competitive primary election in Maryland on Thursday. Gov.Martin O'Malleywill back state Sen. Rob Garagiola in his bid to capture the nomination in the 6th Congressional District, a significant get for a candidate who has faced a stronger than expected challenge from Potomac banker John Delaney late in the campaign. The endorsement comes nearly four months after Garagiola received the backing of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and it arrives at a potentially critical time for his campaign.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
Former state Senate Majority Leader Robert Garagiola has joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver and will take on clients in Montgomery County, the firm announced Monday morning. Garagiola, an attorney and prominent Democrat once considered destined for higher political office, announced in June he was retiring from public life to spend more time with his children. That retirement took effect a little more than two weeks ago, and state law bars him from lobbying in Annapolis for a year.  Instead, Garagiola will be leading Alexander & Cleaver's new office in Montgomery County, where he lives and had represented in the senate for 12 years.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Democratic congressional candidate John Delaney accused his leading opponent Wednesday of sending a campaign tracker to shoot video of him as he dropped off his elementary-age children at school, a move his campaign said "crossed the line. " Sean Rankin, campaign manger for state Sen. Rob Garagiola, who is locked in a bitter battle with Delaney for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, denied the allegation. A campaign aide for Delaney said the candidate noticed the tracker shooting video across the street as he dropped his children at a school in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, who was elected to the Maryland Senate in 2002 as its youngest member and appeared destined for higher office, said Thursday that he is leaving the General Assembly to return to private life. Garagiola, a Montgomery County Democrat, said his resignation will take effect Sept. 1. Under Maryland's Constitution, he will be replaced by a candidate chosen by his party's local central committee. Now 40, Garagiola was 30 when he defeated the last Republican senator to represent increasingly Democratic Montgomery County.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
State Sen. Rob Garagiola will report raising $330,000 for his Democratic bid for Congress, a campaign official said Tuesday -- a haul that is twice as large as what Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett is expected to report bringing in over the same period. Garagiola, who is running in Maryland's newly redrawn 6th Congressional District, formally entered the race in November and has been working aggressively behind the scenes to line up political and financial support.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
State Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Democrat from Germantown, has been sent a letter of reprimand from a state ethics committee for failing to disclose income he received as a lobbyist on state disclosure forms. The committee said in a letter it will take no further action on the issue. Questions about the 2001-2003 disclosure forms surfaced as Garagiola ran for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District this year. The issue became a frequent point of attack for his leading opponent, John Delaney, who raised the issue in campaign advertisements.
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January 11, 2013
A Montgomery County senator whose vote death penalty opponents had hoped to sway this year said Friday that he is firmly committed to keeping capital punishment on the books. Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Democrat, said his position has not changed since 2009, when he supported a compromise that narrowed the circumstances in which the death penalty could be applied but fell short of full repeal. Garagiola is the lone senator from Montgomery County who supports retention of the death penalty.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
Former state Senate Majority Leader Robert Garagiola has joined the Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver and will take on clients in Montgomery County, the firm announced Monday morning. Garagiola, an attorney and prominent Democrat once considered destined for higher political office, announced in June he was retiring from public life to spend more time with his children. That retirement took effect a little more than two weeks ago, and state law bars him from lobbying in Annapolis for a year.  Instead, Garagiola will be leading Alexander & Cleaver's new office in Montgomery County, where he lives and had represented in the senate for 12 years.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2012
Updated with reaction from Delaney campaign.  State Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Democrat running for Congress in Maryland's 6th District, released a decade's worth of federal income tax returns Thursday and challenged other candidates in the race to do the same. The records show that Garagiola and his wife reported earning $203,674 in total income in 2010, claimed $18,250 in exemptions and paid $29,166 in federal income tax. The bulk of the family's gross income, $114,642, came from Garagiola's work as an attorney for the Rockville-based firm Stein Sperling.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Democratic congressional candidate John Delaney outraised state Sen. Rob Garagiola by more than three-to-one and then loaned himself an additional $1.3 million this year, giving the Potomac banker a significant financial advantage in the competitive 6th Congressional District. With less than two weeks to go before the April 3 primary, Delaney reported raising $767,709 from contributors before the personal loan, campaign finance reports filed with Federal Election Commission at midnight Thursday showed.
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January 11, 2013
A Montgomery County senator whose vote death penalty opponents had hoped to sway this year said Friday that he is firmly committed to keeping capital punishment on the books. Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Democrat, said his position has not changed since 2009, when he supported a compromise that narrowed the circumstances in which the death penalty could be applied but fell short of full repeal. Garagiola is the lone senator from Montgomery County who supports retention of the death penalty.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
State Sen. Rob Garagiola, a Democrat from Germantown, has been sent a letter of reprimand from a state ethics committee for failing to disclose income he received as a lobbyist on state disclosure forms. The committee said in a letter it will take no further action on the issue. Questions about the 2001-2003 disclosure forms surfaced as Garagiola ran for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District this year. The issue became a frequent point of attack for his leading opponent, John Delaney, who raised the issue in campaign advertisements.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
As he campaigned in the most closely watched congressional race in Maryland, state Sen. Rob Garagiola had an advantage his fellow Democratic candidates envied: the support of the politically powerful labor movement. More than a stamp of approval, endorsements from unions that represent teachers, health care workers and government employees also brought an army of volunteers to a campaign with the aim of getting voters to the polls. But despite labor's support, the Germantown attorney lost to John Delaney in Maryland's 6th Congressional District by 25 percentage points in Tuesday's primary election.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
For months, John Delaney ran his campaign for Congress as an outsider. But the day after he crushed his competition for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th District, the Potomac businessman found himself lunching with two of the most powerful party leaders in the state. What's more, his campaign was fielding dozens of calls of support from top state Democrats and labor groups — many of whom had backed his leading opponent, state Sen. Rob Garagiola. Democrats moved rapidly Wednesday to coalesce around the first-time candidate, signaling the beginning of a general election fight for the state's westernmost district that will dominate the political landscape this year and help decide control of the House of Representatives.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
A wealthy Potomac businessman whose very candidacy challenged state Democratic leaders won a hotly contested congressional primary in Western Maryland on Tuesday, setting up a battle for the seat in November that will help decide control of the House of Representatives. John Delaney, a banker and first-time candidate, managed to topple state Sen. Rob Garagiola in the race, even though leading Democrats in Annapolis such as Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller had the legislator in mind when they redrew the 6th Congressional District last year to make it more competitive.
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By John Fritze and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
Candidates in the 6th Congressional District ran from polling place to polling place this morning, confronting particularly low turnouts despite the sunny, warm weather. Still, the candidates were confident in their get-out-the-vote operation and suggested that turnout for today's primary -- in which Marylanders will help choose a GOP presidential candidate and settle a handful of highly competitive congressional races -- might be higher in the afternoon. "There's a lot of energy, there's a lot of enthusiasm," said state Sen. Rob Garagiola, a leading Democrat in the race.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
Two years ago, state Sen. Rob Garagiola took up a bill that just about everyone else in Annapolis considered a lost cause. The proposal, to require large retailers to offer employees 15-minute shift breaks every four hours, had languished for years under pressure from business groups. So the Germantown attorney locked lobbyists on both sides of the issue in a room until they emerged with a deal everyone could live with. Three months later, the governor signed the measure into law. "He took all the opposition out of it," state Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said of the behind-the-scenes wrangling.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 24, 1996
Tobacco manufacturers call it chew or snuff and extol the product as a smokeless alternative to cigarettes.Joe Garagiola calls it "spit tobacco."" 'Spit' is a gross, ugly word, not part of dinner-time conversation," said Garagiola, a former major league catcher and popular television figureWhat spit tobacco, the leading cause of oral cancer, can do to users is even uglier, he told about 140 children yesterday at a 4-H camp near Westminster."
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March 29, 2012
Maryland's governor picked sides in the hottest Democratic primary in the state Thursday, announcing that he plans to support Sen. Rob Garagiola for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District. "At this critically important time, when people are paying attention, I wanted to throw support, my personal support, behind Senator Garagiola," Gov. Martin O'Malley said at an afternoon news conference in front of the state house. The governor noted that that the two have "fought together" for environmental bills and for clean energy.
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