State Sen. Jim Brochin can add another top elected official to the list of people who want to see him out of office in the 2014 election.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz announced Wednesday that he has endorsed Connie DeJuliis in her Democratic primary challenge against Brochin, a three-term incumbent.
“As a small business owner and longtime advocate for safer neighborhoods, Connie will be a true leader for the people of the 42nd District,” said Kamenetz in a statement released Wednesday. “I’ve known Connie for over 30 years and I’m confident that she will always put of the needs of her constituents ahead of her own personal ambitions.”
Kamenetz’s support was not unexpected and had been rumored for some time.
Brochin, who has fashioned himself a reputation as an independent Democrat in Annapolis, has rubbed some in his own party the wrong way at times including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Gov. Martin J. O’Malley and now Kamenetz.
The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Brochin’s re-election bid is being opposed by O’Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Democrat and Republican respectively. Rep. Andy Harris is backing Timothy Robinson, a Timonium anesthesiologist, in the General Election.
Kamenetz could also provide financial support to DeJuliis through his Better Baltimore County Slate. The Democratic county executive, who has a nominal primary challenge, transferred over $100,000 to the account last year. DeJuliis is not currently listed as a slate member but could be added between now and the primary.
DeJuliis is a former one-term state delegate who served from 1991-1994. Her husband is J. Ronald DeJuliis, labor and industry commissioner at the Department of Licensing, Labor and Regulation and a former leader in the International Union of Operating Engineers.