Describing her as having ” strong energy and enthusiasm for her work on behalf of people in her community,” the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives is running a feature of Rep. Donna Edwards.
Edwards has never been the insider type of candidate. It is what made her challenge her former boss Al Wynn in 2006 and 2008 eventually leading to unseating him and becoming the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the national legislature. This year as a result of the redistricting maps recently approved, Edwards will face her toughest challenge of her short career against former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey and despite early concerns appears to be locking up the establishment support quickly.
Many political observers suggested that because Edwards had been so vocal in her criticism of Governor O’Malley’s legislative redistricting maps she would have a hard time keeping political heavy weights from backing Ivey. This was on the heels of criticism she levied at Minority Whip Steny Hoyer who also represents Maryland for suggesting their party cave in on cuts to the size of the federal government, however since Glenn Ivey has announced his challenge Senator Ben Cardin and Steny Hoyer both have backed her reelection. Today it appears so has the Democratic Caucus.