Tuesday, January 13, 2009

fundraiser celebrates "rising star" tom hucker

With the primary election less than eighteen months away, State Delegate Tom Hucker (at right) hosted a fundraiser Sunday afternoon at McGinty's in Downtown Silver Spring. All of them snacked on a generous buffet of what I believe must be Irish delicacies (beef in Guinness stew, and the like) as curious mall-goers stared through the exit doors that separate McGinty's from City Place, which houses the bar.

The upstairs bar was packed with several dozen supporters of the first-term delegate from District 20, which covers all of Silver Spring east of Route 29 along with Colesville and White Oak. There were also a number of local Important People, including Councilmembers Val Ervin and Marc Elrich, County Executive Ike Leggett, Attorney General Doug Gansler and the aides of Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Governor Martin O'Malley, all Democrats.

A small group from Baltimore also came out, including City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and delegates Talmadge Branch (Dist. 45) and Maggie McIntosh (Dist. 43). "You have an awful lot of representatives from Baltimore here," says McIntosh, sporting a bright blue cast. "We love Montgomery County, and we want Montgomery County to love us." She went on to call Hucker a "rising star" in the state legislature, citing his efforts to increase affordable housing and improve the environment.

Citing the mantra of President-elect Barack Obama, Hucker stressed the need to "bring that change to Annapolis," spurning any attempts at doing business-as-usual in these times of need. "No one in this room is a power-that-be," says Hucker. "They're 'agents of change' if they're here."

Attorney General Doug Gansler introduces Delegate Tom Hucker.
Hucker's fundraiser drew several dozen well-wishers to McGinty's Public House in Downtown Silver Spring.
Hucker talks about bringing about change in Annapolis.

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