Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Presidential Heavyweights Coming To Maryland

Two presidents are coming in to Maryland to campaign in October.

On October 7, President Obama, who has taped a radio ad backing Governor O'Malley, will swing into Prince George’s County to host a rally supporting the governor. And, on October 10, former President Bill Clinton will raise money for Senator Barbara Mikulski and the Maryland Democratic Party.

While neither of these announcements is unexpected, I have two questions:

1) If the goal of Obama’s visit is to mobilize black voters, would his visit have greater impact coming closer to Election Day? Perhaps, which is why I think he may make a follow-up visit before all is said and done.

2) Will the Ehrlich campaign bring in its own luminaries for fundraising purposes?  Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Haley “Who are you and why are you calling my cell phone” Barbour, and former Gov. Mitt Romney are  possibilities. I have ever heard that two conservative Hollywood actors with careers anchored in the 1980s – Craig T. Nelson and George Newbern – were approached early in the campaign. Of course, there’s always Sarah Palin and two former Presidents Bush – but I would not hold your breath in at least two of those cases.

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