Council member Phil Andrews, who has been short on endorsements in his underdog bid for Montgomery County executive, got one from the Montgomery Gazette Wednesday.

The Gazette, the suburban newspaper group owned by Nash Holdings LLC, which also owns The Washington Post, withdrew its past support of incumbent Isiah Leggett. (The Gazette editorial board operates independently of The Post, which has endorsed Leggett)

The Gazette praised Leggett’s fiscal management during the recession but said he must be held accountable for the Silver Spring Transit Center, which it called a “debacle.”

“Yes, there will be many people who should shoulder the blame, including whole companies,” the Gazette said, “but ultimately it was a project the Leggett administration should have watched more closely. For that, we cannot endorse the incumbent.”

The paper said that as the county emerges from the economic downturn, Andrews’s fiscal conservatism is the right fit for the job.

The endorsement is a modest boost for Andrews, who faces an uphill climb against Leggett and his other opponent, former county executive Doug Duncan. Campaign finance reports filed with the state Tuesday show Andrews with just $93,000 on hand. Leggett reported just over $1 million. Duncan has $343,000 cash on hand.