About sixty people attended a fundraiser for lesbian Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County) at gay Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorfâ€™s D.C. home on Monday.
Former Human Rights Campaign President Elizabeth Birch, Winnie Stachelberg of the Center for American Progress and lesbian Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen are among those who served on the eventâ€™s host committee. Tickets for the fundraiser ranged from $100-$1,000.
Mizeur, who did not immediately return the Washington Bladeâ€™s request for comment, said during an exclusive interview in November that she is â€śtaking a very serious lookâ€ť at a 2014 gubernatorial campaign. She would likely face Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman if she sought to succeed Gov. Martin Oâ€™Malley.
Oâ€™Malley told the Blade in a post-Election Day interview that he would support Brown in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Mizeurâ€™s supporters remain adamant, however, that she would prove an effective governor if elected.
â€śI met Heather when she worked for John Kerry and have always admired her work ethic and commitment to progressive issues,â€ť Elmendorf, who chairs the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, said.
â€śHeather is one of the hardest workers in politics and the importance of that cannot be underscored; and being the only woman competing in a primary with several other men could be the advantage she needs to win the primary,â€ť gay Democratic activist Lane Hudson added.