House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is wading into the crowded Democatic gubernatorial primary in his home state of Maryland, endorsing author and entrepreneur Wes Moore.
Hoyer is the most prominent Maryland Democrat to weigh into the race so far, with the state’s two Democratic senators having not picked a side in the primary.
“While there are many great candidates in this year’s race, Wes stands out as a candidate whose experience, vision, and talent can lead Maryland toward a brighter future by inspiring our people — particularly our young people — to work together to face our toughest challenges,” Hoyer said in a statement, obtained first by POLITICO.
Hoyer is expected to join Moore for an event on Friday to formally make the endorsement.
The endorsement also puts Hoyer at odds with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, herself a scion of a powerful Baltimore family. Pelosi has previously endorsed Tom Perez, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee and a former