(CNN) - Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, the Maryland Republican who lost a heated primary challenge earlier this year, said Friday he's endorsing Democrat Barack Obama's White House bid.
Gilchrest, who has served in the House for close to two decades, told a Maryland radio station Obama and his running mate Sen. Joe Biden have the experience needed for the job.
"My perspective is that the ticket is Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden that they have the breadth of experience, I think they are prudent, they are knowledgeable," he told WYPR. "We just can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat hazardous, which leads to recklessness."
The move doesn’t come as a big surprise: Gilchrest is a strong opponent of the Iraq war and has voted for a timeline for withdrawal. He's also endorsed the Democrat running to succeed him.
CNN's calls to Gilchrest's office went unanswered.
Some endorsement. The guy couldn't even win his primary.
Abby... Just goes to show Sarah Pilon is clueless, and she's way over her head. The more this two clowns (Mackain-Pilon) talk the deeper in the hole they get. Pepugs are stupid but too are starting to wise up and they realize the jig is up.
Thank you!! Nice to hear this!! Obama and Biden are more educated as well... People just want to make up lies about Obama but EVERYONE knows that they have more experience and more knowledge. I am tired of the same ole stuff!!
Wow – I like this guy!! He's a real maverick, unlike some republicans we know...
Thank you...... This is someone who TRULY puts our GREAT Country first..... by endorsing the BEST MAN FOR THE JOB.
I predict Colin Powell will endorse Obama this weekend.
I'm another republican for Obama. My family and most of my republican friends are also for Obama.
Good for him. I think alot of republicians are going to come out for Obama and Biden. They are putting country first unlike John Mccain.
Obama/ Biden 08
Palion's earmarks for Wasilla amount to about $4000 for every man, woman and child. If every town in America received comparable earmarks, we would be talking a trillion dollars. It's good to see that there are some Republicans who still have a conscience. Bravo Rep. Gilchrest!
Somebody is waking up.
True American will support McCain!
As a Navy brat, I offer this saying : "Even rats abandon a sinking ship!"
That makes no sense! Why would a person say that Barack has the experience to lead? haha the guy was a community organizer and a professional politician running for US Senate while a state senator and running for Preseident as a US senator... He has no record worthy of calling himself experience. My opinion look at the state he comes from.. he wants to win the house seat he has to endorse Obama... This man is bizzare to be quite frank !
Bush trying to discuss EEECONOMONICS is like Bush trying to discuss EKDUMACATION! lol. P.S. I'm a registered Democrat, for the moment, and I'm voting McCain. He is, unfortunately, the lesser of the two evils this time around. Third parties begin your 2112 campaigns November 5, PLEASE!
WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
I'm a Republican. I'll be voting for Obama come November.
"Dailay Scandal" Palin & John McSame I think can only fool so many people for so long. When people finally take a moment to go out and fact check these people and see what a group of liars the Republican ticket is touting, I truly think they'll come to the same conclusion I have. And I've voted pretty much straight Republican for 10 years, aside from a few Senate seats.
I couldn't find a directly relevant place on your site in which to make this comment, so I hope you will accept it here.
Why of why does Cindy McCain almost always stand on the stage near her husband? It seems she is always hovering in the background. Why?
This picture says volumes...What must be going on in Rep. Wayne Gilchrest's mind as he stood watching McCain talk?
Something like, "McClueless, keep 'em dazed with your lies"
going out on the high-road. nice move.
Well, apparently some of them are starting to see the light.
There will be many more Republicans...Colin Powell, 4-5 Senators and other congressmen who can't hold their nose.
The republicans would rather mortgage our country's future to foreign countries than actually be fiscally responsible and just pay as we go. The wealthy, and everyone else now, needs to work their butts off to get this country back together and become a world leader again.
Its going to take a leader to do that, something this country has not had in 8 years.
McPalin has proven they will say and do anything to get what they want. What a shame. McCain's good name is in the mud now by his own doing. And Palin weaving and dodging these investigations of her is DEFINATELY more of the same.
Well, as a Reagan republican, its hard to support a democrat. But the republicans have strayed from the old principles. Its time for a change. (Somebody already thought of that line). What we need most is heavy taxes on those making $200,000 or more. If Obama can make that happen, a lot of good things will happen for the country. Of course, income from true innovation should not be taxed heavily.
Patriotism; John F. Kennedy
Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, But What You Can Do For Your Country.
The financial turmoil in the markets, the deregulation of the banking system that Senator Phil Graham from Texas was the principal architect of, the loss of respect from our allies and the pick of Sarah Palin may have created a toxic environment for the republicans this year. The bounce that greeted Governor Palin's selection is fading as more about her comes out. The lipstick may still be on the pitbull, but the bloom has faded from her rose. Hiding her from the press may have given McCain's campaign time to give her a crash course in world affairs, but it also highlighted the fact that she needed one because she was so ill-informed. Rep. Gilchrest lost his primary and now has no reason not to say what many republicans are already thinking. Now that his job is gone he can say what he believes to be the truth. There can be no retribution from the party if you're not going to be there.