Potomac Leaders Differ on Dem Picks
DC mayor, Virginia gov. like Obama; Maryland chief backs Clinton
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 7:00 PM CST
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about her campaign for the 2008 presidency after being endorsed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, at City Dock in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday, May 9,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The three chief executives in Tuesday’s Potomac Primary don't agree on a candidate—it's two for Obama, one for Clinton—but all have strong ties with their candidate of choice, the Washington Post reports. And all three endorsed early:

  • Virginia's Tim Kaine was the first governor outside Illinois to endorse Obama. They met in 2005 and struck an instant friendship: Both are Harvard law graduates who worked in civil rights; both have mothers with ties to the same small town in Kansas.

  • Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a friend of Hillary’s since a 2001 trip with Bill to Northern Ireland, was the second governor to side with Clinton. He’s been a Democratic Leadership Council regular and a partner on national security.
  • DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has a white mother and a black father, like Obama. They bonded at the 2004 Democratic Convention, earning reputations as young politicians who transcend race.