Baltimore – Today Equality Maryland announced its endorsement of Senator Brian Frosh for Attorney General. This is the latest endorsment issued by Maryland’s civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders. The PAC has already issued endorsements to the Brown/Ulman ticket as well as to 57 incumbents seeking re-election to the General Assembly.
“Brian Frosh has been a firm ally and leader on LGBT issues in the General Assembly. He has the maturity, experience and commitment to be an effective advocate for the LGBT communities of Maryland as our next Attorney General,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans.
Evans added, “During the just-completed General Assembly session, Equality Maryland worked closely with Senator Frosh on passage of SB 212, the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. He worked with Senate leaders and advocates to shepherd the bill through the Senate. His leadership was instrumental in achieving the 8-3 vote for the bill in the Judicial Proceedings Committee which he chairs.”
“Equality Maryland members were already aware of Brian Frosh’s record of support on our issues. During his interview with us he spoke convincingly about his commitment to fairness and how his own convictions were shaped by the example of his father, who supported civil rights for African Americans as a member of the Montgomery County Council more than 50 years ago,” said Equality Maryland PAC Chair Tim Williams.
“Senator Frosh has more than 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney and has served in the General Assembly for 27 years. He understands the duties of the Attorney General and articulates a clear vision for how this office can continue to move Maryland forward on fairness or equality,” said Equality Maryland, Inc. Board Chair Stephanie Bernstein, adding, “We strongly urge the LGBT community and its allies to support Senator Frosh in his bid to be Maryland’s next Attorney General.”
Process for Attorney General Endorsement
Questionnaires were sent to candidates who filed their candidacy with the State Board of Elections or otherwise declared their intentions. Delegate Alisha Braveboy is a Democratic candidate for Attorney General but voted against House Bill 438 (The Civil Marriage Protection Act in 2012) in the General Assembly and was therefore not eligible for Equality Maryland’s endorsement. Questionnaires were completed by, and interviews were conducted with, Senator Frosh and Delegate Jon Cardin. Equality Maryland, Inc. staff and Board conducted interviews along with Equality Maryland members.
Equality Maryland’s Political Action Committee was established in 2006 to help elect individuals who are committed to working for fairness and equality for LGBT individuals, our families and our communities. The PAC also works to support fair-minded incumbents.