COLUMBIA, Md. (10/14/10)--The board of directors of the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA) voted to endorse U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) and designate him with “Friend of Credit Unions” status. “Congressman Kratovil has been an independent thinker and a very approachable member of the Maryland congressional delegation,” said MDDCCUA Interim CEO Jennifer Simmons. “We look forward to continuing to work with the congressman to improve the lives of the residents of the First District.” In its endorsement of Kratovil, the board noted how he was willing to meet with credit union members and staff to discuss many issues, including his support for an increase in lending to small businesses. Also, the board was impressed by Kratovil’s ability to work across party lines to ensure that the interests of his district were best represented. “Congressman Kratovil has shown that it is possible to be a strong voice for consumers by being willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, and community and business leaders,” Simmons said. “Because of his non-partisan style of leadership, Maryland credit unions hope to continue their strong working relationship with Congressman Kratovil in the years to come.” “By extending credit to homeowners and small businesses, credit unions are playing an important role in our economic recovery, and I look forward to continuing to work with the district's credit unions in the months ahead to get our economy back on track,” Kratovil said. Kratovil is one of nine candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives to receive the MDDCCUA “Friend of Credit Unions” designation. The others are:
* Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-5); * Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-2); * Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3): * Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4); * Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-6); * Rep. Elijah Cummings (D -7): * Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8); and * Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).