- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2014

President Obama urged Maryland voters Sunday to get their “cousin Pookie” and other family members off the couch and to the polls on Nov. 4 to elect Anthony Brown as the state’s next governor.

Mr. Obama stumped for Mr. Brown, the state’s sitting lieutenant governor, at a campaign rally in Upper Marlboro, saying Mr. Brown will “continue the legacy of Democrats in Maryland” if he’s elected governor next month. Mr. Brown is running against Republican Larry Hogan.

The president cautioned voters not to be complacent and assume that Mr. Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Kenneth Ulman, will easily win in the deep-blue state of Maryland.

“The Brown-Ulman ticket is one that is going to continue the legacy of Democrats here in Maryland, people who are going to fight on behalf of those who are middle-class, folks who are working hard to get into the middle class, people who work hard every single day,” the president said. “But I’ve got a very simple message, which is this will be a done deal if you vote. But it’s not enough just for you to vote. You’ve got to get your family to vote. You’ve got to get your friends to vote. You’ve got to get your coworkers to vote. You’ve got to get that cousin Pookie sitting at home on the couch — he’s watching football right now instead of being here at the rally — you’ve got to talk to him and let him know it is not that hard to exercise the franchise that previous generations fought so hard to obtain.”

Mr. Obama also will stump for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, in Chicago on Sunday night.

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