The Capital Gazette in Annapolis is “strongly” endorsing Chris Van Hollen for Senate.
When you talk to Van Hollen, it’s clear he has done his homework on this area’s needs, from Fort George G. Meade and the National Security Agency to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Anne Arundel Community College. He has a broad spectrum of endorsements, and while Edwards attributes this to Van Hollen’s time in the General Assembly, we think it has more to do with years of effective constituent service — another area in which Van Hollen has an edge.
Edwards, based in Prince George’s, inherited much of northern and central Anne Arundel County after the last redistricting. We give her credit for keeping her promise to open a an office in the county (which she has recently closed), for being one of the few Democrats to back Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting reform plan and for holding events here. But we don’t think she has connected well with most of her Anne Arundel constituents, all too many of whom don’t know she’s their representative in Congress.
Edwards is knowledgeable and articulate, and can be engrossing when she’s discussing a key issue such as the need for vocational and skills training. And we would have liked to endorse her just because Maryland is long overdue to send an African-American to the U.S. Senate. But there’s no question Van Hollen has the better record, the better grasp of how to look out for Maryland’s needs in the Senate and the best chance of advancing the legacy of Barbara Mikulski.
We strongly endorse Chris Van Hollen for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.