Friday, July 23, 2010

Mike Knapp Endorses Craig Rice

Outgoing Upcounty Council Member Mike Knapp has endorsed Delegate Craig Rice (D-15) as his successor. Following is Rice's press release.


July 21, 2010
Contact: Steven Goldstein, 240-393-0200

Knapp endorses Craig Rice

Rockville, MD – At an intimate meet-and-greet event in the offices of Loiderman Soltesz Associates, Mike Knapp quelled rumors and publicly and formally endorsed Craig Rice for the County Council seat representing District 2. It had been speculated whether Knapp would actually endorse a successor and apparently wanted to wait until the field of candidates was clear.

“When you look at the council and the folks that are running…I think it’s going to be very important to take someone with Craig’s background in Annapolis and consider his ability to listen to the folks he represents…and that, is what distinguishes him from the rest of the field,” said Knapp. “When you look at this race, there are four opportunities for it to go in the wrong direction and one opportunity for it to go in the right direction and that is this gentleman right here, Craig Rice,” Knapp continued. “He represents the future of Montgomery County and with him on the Council, we will continue to move Montgomery County forward.”

County Executive Ike Leggett, who endorsed Rice along with Governor Martin O’Malley, was in attendance, and sang Rice’s praises as well. “I look at Craig as a Stephen Strasburg,” said Leggett. “We have the opportunity to bring in a young guy with tremendous talent and a bright future, or we can turn back the clocks. I’m betting on Strasburg and that’s why I want Craig Rice on the County Council.”

Rice has tallied a landslide of endorsements including the executive branch of MD Government, nearly all State Delegates and Senators and almost every group that has endorsed candidates including SEIU, MCEA, B-CC Chamber, GCAAR, Progressive MD, NOW-Montgomery County, AFL-CIO, ATU Local 689, Montgomery County Youth Slate, and the Housing PAC of Maryland.