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Brown endorsed by ‘progressive’ veterans group

A group that calls itself the “largest progressive organization of veterans in America” added its name — and Political Action Committee — to the list of groups endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown as Maryland’s next governor.

Brown, who was on active duty for five years after joining ROTC while a student at Harvard University, was deployed to Baghdad for 10 months. He’s now in the Army Reserves and holds the rank of colonel.

VoteVets.org and its PAC say its mission is to “use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.” The organization claims no party affiliation.

Brown, the first candidate to officially jump into the governor’s race, has been racking up high-profile endorsements all summer, including U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr, D-Calvert and Prince George’s.

Del. Heather R. Mizeur, D-Montgomery, formally began her campaign this month and  has eschewed endorsement announcements for advertising her participation in a series of service events around the state. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, expected to formally declare for the race in September, has in recent weeks spent his time rolling out policy proposals in events around the state.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Del. Ronald A. George of Anne Arundel County are the only Republicans who have formally announced their candidacy for governor.