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Afternoon Read: Poll Shows Delaney With Wide Lead Over Garagiola

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PM Read: Poll Shows Delaney Leading Garagiola

John Delaney for Congress

John Delaney

Maryland congressional candidate Rob Garagiola needs Gov. Martin O'Malley's endorsement to give him a boost a very big boost.

On the same day that O'Malley endorsed state Sen. Garagiola in the Democratic primary, an internal poll released by his main competitor, John Delaney, shows Delaney with a decisive lead in the race.

With just days until Tuesday’s primary, Delaney leads Garagiola 49 percent to 23 percent.

Air Force doctor Milad Pooran polled at 10 percent, and Ron Little polled at 2 percent. Sixteen percent of voters are undecided.

Voter turnout is expected to be low, which could skew the results of the poll.

The Democrats are hoping to unseat 10-term incumbent Republican Roscoe Bartlett in the sixth congressional district.

* DCporcupine.com seems to be the first media outlet to get a picture of Howard Brooks—a consultant for Vincent Gray’s mayoral campaign who is thought to be at the center of the ongoing investigation into illegal misdoings of the campaign.

Brooks name has been publically linked to campaign investigaton for over a year now, and this is the first picture that has surfaced of him.

If the thought of not having seen a picture of Brooks has been weighing you down, here’s your chance to take a look.

* Longtime city government aide Ronald Collins retired as the director of the Office of Boards and Commissions, according to The Washington Post.

Collins has worked for at least half a dozen agencies in city government over the years.

But, with Collins at the helm of the Office of Board and Commissions, Mayor Vincent Gray's administration recently came under fire for its slow filling of vacancies and poor vetting process, The Post reports.

Gray later revealed that Collins was dealing with an illness at the time.

* Washington City Paper released its Best of D.C. 2012 today. Check it out to see the best art, food, services and people D.C. has to offer.

News4’s very own Tom Sherwood was named the top local reporter.

* Virginia Senate candidate E.W. Jackson was slated to give a brief speech at 4 p.m. today at the Bell Tower across the General Assembly building in Richmond.

As of 4:45 p.m., Jackson had not showed up.

Jackson, a Republican, was planning to thank his volunteers for collecting more than 10,000 signature petitions in the state this year.

* Vice President Joe Biden will be in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday to discuss college affordability.

In an attempt to capture the swing-state this presidential election, President Barack Obama's administration has trekked to Virginia many times in the past few weeks.

The president has nine campaign offices in the state and visited the Rolls-Royce Crosspoint Centre facility earlier in the month.

The White House announced yesterday that first lady Michelle Obama would deliver the commencement address at Virginia Tech in May.

* Authorities confirmed today that the embattled chef at Virginia’s Executive Mansion is the focus of a State Police investigation into “a reported allegation of improprieties involving the kitchen operations” at the mansion, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell said the office did not follow its practice of requesting a criminal background check when it hired the chef, Todd Schneider.

No charges have been filed.

Schneider left his position at mansion in February.

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