Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC Action Fund has posted their ratings of candidates online. They have yet to post the questionnaires with responses or make endorsements, but they have given candidates a rating on a 100-point scale.
Two Republicans appear on the list. They include Steve Zellers running for the Senate in District 17 and John Andrews in House District 16. Andrews received a 4% ratings. The fact he even filled out a questionnaire in the first place is a big surprise. The Democrats running in District 16 all got 100% ratings (with the exception of one who got a 94%.)
Zellers actually received a 55% rating from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. He presumably thought he had a chance at the endorsement. However, Luiz Simmons and Cheryl Kagan running as Democrats in 17 both received 100% ratings. Zellers was appointed the Republican candidate by the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee. They apparently went with the warm body theory of finding a candidate, since Zellers is a candidate who seriously thought he could get the Planned Parenthood endorsement and tried his best to get it with a 55% rating.
While the Maryland Republican Party doesn’t have a state platform of its own, the party supports the national platform, which is pro-life. At the RNC meetings last week in Memphis, the RNC passed a resolution supporting a ban on abortions after 20-weeks. All three votes from Maryland were for that resolution. It will be interesting to see exactly what Zellers said on his questionnaire to earn a 55% rating from Planned Parenthood.
All of this comes on the heels of my report last week on Republican candidates in Baltimore County and one in Montgomery seeking the endorsement of Progressive Maryland.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.