He said that Blair, who started and sold a successful prescription-drug benefits company, has a better understanding that any other candidate in the June 26 Democratic primary “of the pressures facing Montgomery County’s working, middle-class families.”
Earlier this month, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is running for president in 2020, tweeted that Blair “would be a superb Montgomery County Executive and help make MoCo more competitive for jobs.”
In his endorsement email, Franchot argued that Blair was the candidate who knows that immediate action is needed to “create a stronger and more competitive business environment,” adding later in bold: “beginning with an end to the government liquor monopoly” in Montgomery County.
Blair is one of several Democratic candidates for county executive who has said the county should not be in the liquor business — but he’s also said the move to get out of it would be “difficult to unwind,” noting the need to “take care of” the hundreds of county workers who staff the liquor stores and make alcohol deliveries.
The system also contributes roughly $30 million a year in revenue to the county’s budget.
Early voting begins on Thursday.