VoteVets PAC Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor

 ·  VoteVets.org, Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD – VoteVets.org PAC, a veterans group with over 360,000 supporters, is announcing its endorsement of Anthony Brown to be the next Governor of Maryland, today.

“Anthony’s story is as American as you can get,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of VoteVets.org, who grew up in Gaithersburg.  “Pure grit, determination, and smarts took Anthony from the son of a man who escaped poverty in Jamaica, through Ivy League school, and the rank of Colonel in the US Army.  Anthony could have stopped serving at almost any point, and made a lot of money.  Instead, he served the public, and continued to serve America in uniform – even going to Iraq while a sitting Member of the House of Delegates.  His command of the most pressing issues facing Maryland, and his stellar record tackling tough issues – including military and veterans’ issues – have impressed everyone.  There is no doubt that Anthony Brown will make one of Maryland’s finest Governors, and we’re proud to endorse him.”

According to his biography, the son of immigrants, Anthony Brown was the first to attend college in his family, and joined the Army ROTC while an undergraduate at Harvard, beginning a distinguished military career that has spanned more than a quarter century.

Anthony spent five years on active duty after college, flying helicopters with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Europe.

Upon returning from active duty, Anthony enrolled in Harvard Law School, attending at the same time as other notable leaders, including future-President Barack Obama.

In 1998, Anthony was first elected to represent Prince George’s County as a Delegate from the 25th District.  He rose quickly, eventually serving as Majority Whip, the fourth highest position in House Leadership.  As Anthony continued his career in public service, he remained active in the Army Reserves.  In 2004, while serving his second term in the House of Delegates, Anthony received orders for mobilization to Iraq. He deployed to Baghdad with the 353rd Civil Affairs Command on September 11, 2004, and served a 10-month tour of duty working with military and civilian officials to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of the war-torn country.  Anthony’s distinguished service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom earned him the Bronze Star.

He was elected Lt. Governor in 2006.  Among other achievements, Anthony serves as the chairman of the Governor’s Subcabinet on the military base realignment and closure process (BRAC), where he successfully led efforts to plan for and coordinate the arrival of 60,000 BRAC-related jobs coming to Maryland.

Founded in 2006, the mission of VoteVets.org Political Action Committee is to elect Veterans to public office, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and hold public officials accountable for their words and actions that impact America's 21st century troops and veterans. Though VoteVets.org PAC is non-partisan, candidates it backs must support VoteVets.org's core mission and beliefs.

 

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