‘‘Folks that are applying litmus tests for candidates based on criminal record and experience with police — that’s one of many reasons why we don’t have the diversity of representation that we need in the US Senate,’’ said Neil Sroka, spokesman for the national progressive group, Democracy for America.
‘‘We were glad to see she’s running and we’ll be watching that race,’’ Sroka said. ‘‘When an incumbent is challenged by a strong challenger that inevitably makes that incumbent more accessible to the Democratic base.’’
But Democracy for America will wait to see all the Senate candidates in action before making any endorsements, Sroka said.
The organization is backing former NAACP president Ben Jealous for Maryland governor and former Maryland congresswoman Donna F. Edwards for Prince George’s County executive.