Maryland Gov. Candidate Ben Jealous Arrested Outside White House

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Democratic candidate for Maryland's governorship Ben Jealous was arrested on Tuesday outside the White House during an immigration rally.

Jealous was leading the rally around the White House when he and 26 others were taken into custody, CBS reports. The rally was in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program.

"His actions today are consistent with his life-long work as a civil rights leader and community organizer, including his efforts to steer passage of the Maryland Dream Act," Jealous spokesman Kevin Harris said.

Jealous was the president of the NAACP for five years and was initially a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, Ill.) was also arrested at the DACA rally on Tuesday.

Whoever captures the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for 2018 will face incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has one of the nation's highest approval ratings.

UPDATE: 9:37 P.M.: Jealous was arrested on Tuesday, not Thursday as was previously reported. This has been corrected.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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