- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Maryland’s U.S. Senate campaign appears to have divided the black Democratic leadership in Prince George’s County.

Yesterday, prominent state Sen. Ulysses Currie endorsed Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a 10-term congressman from Baltimore.

Last week, however, Rep. Albert Wynn endorsed Kweisi Mfume, past president of the NAACP and a former congressman. Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson endorsed Mr. Mfume some time ago.

Mr. Currie’s endorsement of Mr. Cardin, who is white, “means is that the delegation is split, with one of the stars going in another direction,” said Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland.

“Ulysses Currie is a very popular politician in Prince George’s County,” Mr. Walter said.

He is also one of Senate President Mike Miller’s top lieutenants in the Democrat-controlled state legislature. Mr. Miller, of Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties, and U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, of Southern Maryland, attended Mr. Currie’s endorsement announcement yesterday.

Mr. Miller and Mr. Hoyer are the “old line party bosses” that Mr. Mfume has referred to throughout his campaign as having tried to torpedo his campaign.

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