Last week mayoral candidate Nick J. Mosby was asking for votes up onstage with East Baltimore rapper Tate Kobang, best known for his Baltimore-inflected song “Bank Rolls (Remix).”
Today a somber Mosby was in front of the media outside City Hall, dropping out of the race.
And if Mosby is bankrolling anybody, it’s going to be front-runner, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-40th).
The freshman city councilman from the 7th District said he is endorsing Pugh with just two weeks to go until the April 26 Democratic primary.
The 37-year-old Mosby – whose wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, shot to fame for her prosecution of police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray – said the decision was not made lightly.
He called it “a decision that’s challenging for both me personally and professionally.”
“I can truly say the only thing I love more than my family is the city of Baltimore and the youth and the next generation in Baltimore city,” Mosby said.
Mosby described himself on the stump as “a son of Baltimore,” raised by a single mom and “as at-home on the streetcorner as in a boardroom.”
He used the politically-plugged-in fundraiser Colleen Martin-Lauer (former client, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake) to handle his campaign war chest.
But Mosby’s candidacy never caught on. In the most recent polling, his support had slipped to 5%.
Pugh, meanwhile, who has been getting establishment backing from unions, local lawmakers and, earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, has led the crowded field of candidates, with 31% in the latest poll.
How did Pugh receive the news that Mosby was throwing his support her way?
Mosby couldn’t say. He told reporters he hadn’t told her yet.