Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mfume Endorses Edwards

According to the DailyKos, former Rep. Kweisi Mfume has endorsed Donna Edwards over incumbent Al Wynn in the primary District 4. This is huge for Edwards. Mfume may have lost his primary narrowly to Sen. Ben Cardin but retains influence, especially among African Americans. In 2006, Edwards won Montgomery big but lost Prince George's.

Mfume's support could help her gain the crucial votes from African Americans in Prince George's needed to put her over the top. It helps put the imprimatur of "serious candidate" on someone trying to unseat a key figure in the Prince George's political establishment. Will Wynn try to cast Mfume as an interfering Baltimore politician even though Wynn endorsed Mfume for Senate? And if he does, will it work?