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Maryland Democrats channel Beyoncé

Maryland’s Democratic congressional delegation sounded many of the same themes at the party’s annual pre-General Assembly session pep rally. They spoke of investments in the future, the state’s strength in education and all that’s at stake in the 2012 election.

Oh, and you can add Beyoncé to that list.

“Have you heard that song by Beyoncé?” Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger asked the crowd.

“I’m a survivor, keep on survivin’,” he sang, using the Beyoncé-led Destiny’s Child hit “Survivor” to communicate the attitude of Congressional Democrats.

“I’ll give up my day job and my job will be singing Beyoncé,” said Ruppersberger.

The congressman was at the podium, in part, to introduce colleague Rep. Elijah Cummings, who appeared to be in lockstep with the Ruppersberger’s choice of music.

“I, too, am a fan of Beyoncé,” he said.

But Cummings chose a different song from the Beyoncé catalog, settling on “I Was Here.”

“It’s a very powerful song,” he said, and returned to its lyrics when he introduced House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

When Hoyer “looks back on his career,” Cummings said, “he’ll be able to borrow some words from Beyoncé and say ‘I was here, I made a difference.”

That was the last we heard of Beyoncé at the Democrats’ event, but Hoyer did refer to House Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller as “the beer brothers.”