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Obama snubs former Secret Service agent running for Senate seat

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Just because former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino used to protect Barack Obama, it doesn’t mean he can count on a job recommendation from the president.

Being snubbed by the president isn’t necessarily a surprise, considering Bongino is now running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland as a Republican. It was revealed Wednesday that Obama plans to endorse incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, in the contest in the very blue state.

Bongino called the endorsement “suspiciously early” in a news release.

“This early endorsement is an indicator of the pressure Sen. Cardin is under to defend a failed economic agenda,” Bongino said.

During an interview with The Daily Caller during the summer, Bongino said he’s running because “we need real people … normal folks” to serve in office.

“I left a secure, promising 12-year career with the Secret Service,” he said. “I left with a fantastic reputation. I left it all on the line, with my wife’s support, to do this.”

Obama will send an email to supporters of Cardin this week saying, “Ben is one of the good guys.”

“He has the courage to stand up for what he believes and he works for solutions to the most important issues facing our nation,” Obama will write, according to The Washington Post.

Bongino said Wednesday that the “citizens of Maryland are being ignored by an unresponsive one-party monopoly in Maryland.”

“It’s time to get our economy back on track and we can’t do that by constantly increasing taxes, fees and tolls,” he said. “The path to recovery lies with the entrepreneurship of our national workforce.”

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