Gilchrest backs Fisher over Harris in Maryland One primary
Former Republican Rep. Wayne Gilchrest has delivered a late endorsement of conservative businessman Rob Fisher in the First District primary for the House seat Gilchrest held from 1991 through 2008.
Gilchrest and Fisher got together last week, just days before the Sept. 14 election, according to a release issued Sunday night by Fisher's campaign.
The meeting was described by the campaign as "one longtime Eastern Shore resident to another." Fisher is putting special emphasis on his Eastern Shore roots in his uphill primary race against state Sen. Andy Harris, who lives in the suburbs north of Baltimore.
A release issued Sunday night by Fisher's campaign contained a Gilchrest endorsement.
"I was very impressed by the knowledge and breadth of experience Rob brings to the table and appreciate that the values he learned growing up on the Eastern Shore continue to influence him today. His commitment to the issues and running a positive campaign is commendable, particularly given the exceedingly negative tone of the current political climate," Gilchrest was quoted as saying.
"Of the candidates currently competing in the Republican primary, Rob Fisher is far and above the best candidate to carry those values forward into the general election. I wish him the best this Tuesday and look forward to talking with him more as the Republican nominee for Maryland's First District," Gilchrest said, according to Fisher's campaign.
Harris defeated Gilchrest in a divisive 2008 Republican primary contest. Harris lost the historically Republican district to Democrat Frank Kratovil, who had Gilchrest's support in the general election. The wording of the Gilchrest statement leaves open the question of which candidate he would support if Fisher were to face Kratovil in November.