Monday, September 27, 2004

Obama in Maryland

This story cracks me up. AP Wire, via Miami-Herald:
Obama raises money in Keyes' home state GRETCHEN PARKER Associated Press BALTIMORE - Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama's fund-raising efforts brought him to his opponent's home state Monday, where he was welcomed by fellow Democrats familiar with running campaigns against Alan Keyes. "We've had experience in the past with your opponent," Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley told Obama before the breakfast fund-raiser. "So we felt an obligation to do something here." Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, invited Obama to the state from which Keyes ran two failed campaigns for U.S. Senate. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, who defeated Keyes in 1988, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who beat Keyes in 1992, also welcomed Obama to the event at a hotel conference room high above Baltimore's waterfront. Maryland voters want to contribute to Obama's campaign as well as "be a part of history," Cummings said.