Friday, August 20, 2010

No Gratitude for King; MCGEO Endorses Ali

County government union MCGEO has endorsed challenger Saqib Ali in his race against Senator Nancy King (D-39). That decision comes despite the fact that King was the lead sponsor in the Senate of MCGEO’s bill allowing library workers to unionize. The bill did not make it out of committee, but we hear that was no fault of King’s and rather a consequence of mishandled lobbying.

Here’s a simple rule of Annapolis. When an incumbent carries your top legislative priority, you endorse that incumbent. It doesn’t matter if FDR or Lincoln is the challenger; you endorse that incumbent. If you don’t, word gets around and not in a good way. If King returns to Annapolis, she has no incentive to lift a finger for MCGEO again – and more importantly, neither does Senate President Mike “Big Daddy” Miller.

Following is Ali’s press release announcing MCGEO’s support.

Contact: Ben Shnider,


State Delegate Saqib Ali Gains the Support of Major Union in his Campaign for State Senate in Maryland’s 39th Legislative District

(Gaithersburg, MD)- UFCW Local 1994 Montgomery County Municipal and County Government Employees Organization (MCGEO) has endorsed Delegate Saqib Ali’s bid for Maryland State Senate in Legislative District 39 (Washington Grove, Montgomery Village, and parts of North Potomac, Germantown, Gaithersburg and Derwood).

“I am deeply humbled to receive the endorsement of MCGEO. Members of MCGEO power our county and municipal governments,” said Ali. “As a Maryland state senator I will continue to advocate for working Marylanders and prioritize their interests over special interests.”

MCGEO has about 10,000 members who work for the Montgomery County government and municipalities across the County.

“MCGEO is proud to endorse Saqib Ali for State Senate,” said MCGEO President Gino Renne. “As a state delegate Saqib stood with working Marylanders by fighting to close corporate tax loopholes. We know that Saqib will continue to fight for working families in Maryland’s State Senate.”

MCGEO joins the United Transportation Union, the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, CASA in Action, the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County, the Communication Workers of America District 2, the Montgomery County Youth Slate and Montgomery County National Organization for Women in supporting Ali.

Ali, who lives in Gaithersburg, was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2006 and represents Maryland’s 39th Legislative District, which includes Washington Grove and parts of Gaithersburg, Germantown, North Potomac, Montgomery Village and Derwood. In the private sector, he works as a software engineer. Ali received a Bachelors and Masters Degree from University of Maryland College Park in computer science. Ali and his wife Susan are proud parents of two young daughters, Sofia and Sascha. You can learn more about Ali and his campaign by visiting