Biden rallies Dem support for progressive Md. governor candidate

Biden rallies Dem support for progressive Md. governor candidate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenFord taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing Trump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE on Saturday rallied support for Ben Jealous, who won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Jealous is a progressive candidate who was backed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle MORE (D-Calif.). He will run against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this November.

Biden encouraged Maryland Democrats to come together ahead of this year's general election, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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He said today’s Republican Party prioritizes corporate wealth over middle-class, working families, the Sun reported.

“We have to stop [the Republican Party],” Biden reportedly told the crowd at the fundraiser. “We can’t do it if we’re divided.”

Democratic Party sources told the Sun that Jealous raised about $150,000 on Saturday night.

Biden was joined by major players in the Maryland Democratic party, such as Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment More Dems come out in public opposition to Kavanaugh MORE and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsRep. Cummings: Will Kavanaugh take lie detector test and ask for FBI investigation? Graham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests MORE, and the national party, such as Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE.

The current and former lawmakers praised Jealous’s positions on health care and criminal justice reform, according to the Sun.

Biden said the party should focus on restoring and expanding access “to the middle class.”

Jealous faces an uphill battle, as incumbent Hogan’s campaign has nearly $9 million on hand compared to Jealous’s $660,000, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“While Hogan has the money right now, something tells me we’re going to find it, too,” Jealous said at the rally.

Biden’s support of Jealous comes at a moment when the Democratic Party is grappling with an apparent veer to the left. Self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in an upset win last week, sparking conversation about the direction of the party.

The New York Times editorial board today called for a stronger presence of young progressive leaders like 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.