Former NAACP President Ben Jealous has endorsed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) for the U.S. Senate. Edwards is running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). She is running against fellow Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and currently ahead of Van Hollen in the polls by over 8 percent.
The Maryland primary is on April 26. Edwards should benefit from high turnout on a day when voters must also participate in a presidential primary.
In February, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC declined to endorse Edwards. One of the CBC PAC Board members is the man Edwards took out of his seat in Congress who is now a lobbyist, former Rep. Al Wynn. Conversations with several members involved with the non-vote on the Edwards endorsement claim that Wynn had nothing to do with stopping her from being endorsed but that is increasingly difficult to believe.
Though they failed to endorse Edwards who is a clear progressive, the CBC PAC has given money to several candidates over the last two cycles who do not push Progressive values and have voted against health care and other policy the Black Caucus supports. Those include questionable DCCC recruits such as Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) and Republican turned Democrat Brad Ashford (D-NE).