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See Religion Shaping Up As Issue in Maryland Democratic Party Primary in 1970

July 28, 1969
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Religion seems to be shaping up as an issue in Maryland’s Democratic Party primary election scheduled for 1970. Gov. Marvin Mandel and State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, both of Baltimore, are Jews, and Mr. Mandel has indicated to his advisers and close associates that he will not risk the election by having two of the three major statewide candidates Jewish, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Goldstein told a reporter that “the people of Maryland don’t care what religion you are. They are interested in your ability to do the job.” Mr. Mandel was elected by the legislature to succeed Spiro T. Agnew after Mr. Agnew was elected Vice-President on President Nixon’s ticket last November. Political sources said that they expected a party battle because Mr. Goldstein “is incensed that Mr. Mandel would even consider replacing him on the Democratic ticket.”

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