Steny Hoyer says he will back Donna Edwards in Democratic primary

They squabbled this summer over possible cuts to Medicare, and they aren’t the best of friends in Congress. But Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House minority whip, said Monday he is backing fellow Democrat and incumbent Donna Edwards in the race to represent Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District.

Hoyer spoke to reporters at a lunch at Sir Walter Raleigh restaurant in Berwyn Heights, taking a short break from pre-Thanksgiving rounds of businesses and food banks in his far-flung district. Asked about the race between Edwards and former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn F. Ivey for the Democratic nomination, Hoyer said he would support Edwards.

“I have indicated I will endorse Donna Edwards,” Hoyer said.

Does that mean he will campaign for her or throw the weight of his considerable campaign apparatus in Maryland behind her?

“As I said I have indicated I will endorse Donna Edwards,” Hoyer said. He said Edwards had not yet asked for any specific help. He noted that it has been his practice to back Democratic incumbents.

A third candidate, Anne Arundel County Council member G. James Benoit (D) is still mulling the race. It is one of at least a dozen internecine wars within the Democratic Party this year as newly drawn congressional districts have attracted new candidates. The primary is in April.

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