When they gather in Charlotte, N.C. next week for their party’s national convention, Maryland Democrats plan to pay tribute to the late Sargent Shriver, the founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”
Scheduled speakers at what has been billed as a “marquee luncheon” include Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and Mark Shriver, a former Maryland state legislator and author of “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.”
Party officials say several elected officials at the luncheon will attest to the inspiration they continue to draw from Shriver, a native of Westminister, Md. who married into the Kennedy family and replaced Thomas Eagleton as the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1972.
Shriver died last year after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Others scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s luncheon include Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), 6th District congressional nominee John Delaney and Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Yvette Lewis.