Walking out on the President
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

anthony brown governorPresident Obama making a rare appearance to support Maryland democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown just may have had a rude awakening.

Some say he got to witness first-hand proof of his fledgling popularity.

According to some reports a steady stream of people made a beeline for the exit walking out of the auditorium while he spoke. A heckler even interrupted his remarks.

It’s still unclear why they made for the exits.

Right now his approval ratings are at disturbing lows and several Democratic candidates in the race for senate have been leery of appearing with him on the campaign trail because of his sagging popularity.

Gallup has him at 41.5%, among the lowest quarterly averages of his presidency saying, “That ranks as one of his lowest quarterly approval ratings to date. The only two that were lower were the 41.2% in his 20th quarter — after the troubled launch of the health insurance exchanges last fall — and the 41.0% in his 11th quarter during the negotiations to raise the federal debt limit and its fallout on the U.S. economy.”

Anthony Brown, Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor was one candidate who opted to have the President by his side at an October 19 rally in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

The president urged voters to make sure they hit the polls saying, “You’ve got to vote. There are no excuses, the future is up to us.”

If Brown is chosen, he becomes the State’s first ever African American governor and only the third elected black governor in United States history.

Brown is well aware that he is flirting with history. He tells Black Enterprise magazine, “Clearly, I am very mindful of the historic significance of my candidacy and what this election means in terms of the history of this country and the opportunity and ability of African Americans to rise to the highest offices in the land.

And he may not have to rely on the president to shore up support, Brown is 11 points ahead of Republican opponent Larry Hogan, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.

It’s been a dozen years since a Republican won a Maryland governor’s race and even before that victory a state Republican hadn’t sat in the governor’s chair for some time

However, democrats reportedly have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.

The elections are November 4th.

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