President Trump got his first Democrat challenger in the 2020 race on Friday when Maryland Rep. John Delaney tweeted out on Friday, “I’m running for President.”
I'm running for President. Read why: https://t.co/N3Vn3hFQwT
— John K. Delaney (@JohnKDelaney) July 28, 2017
Known as one of the wealthiest Democratic lawmakers, Delaney is a former bank executive who represents Maryland’s sixth district. He was elected to Congress in 2012, but not many people know who he is. Many social media users are dismissing him as just another wealthy white guy with big political aspirations.
In a Washington Post opinion piece announcing his run for the Democratic nomination, Delaney talked about the Democratic Party’s “recent electoral failures” and called for a “different approach — one that’s focused on the facts and the future.”
Delaney says he is serious about his White House campaign and will not be running for re-election to Congress.
“To do this work with the commitment it deserves, I will not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives,” Delaney said, adding, “No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly.”
Delaney promotes himself as a liberal with a pro-business stance.
“We need to encourage a more just and inclusive form of capitalism and reduce barriers to small-business formation, start-ups, job creation, investment and growth,” said Delaney.
He’s the first declared candidate, but California’s Kamala Harris and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren are probably going to be contenders, and even Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders hasn’t ruled out another campaign. Of course, there’s failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lurking in the background as she prepares to release her newest book about the past election titled “What Happened.”
Delaney is wasting no time – he already has his first campaign promotional video off and running:
More about Delaney, from Wikipedia:
John Kevin Delaney (born April 16, 1963) is an American politician and businessman who has been the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th congressional district since 2013 and is running for President of the United States in 2020. The district, the state’s second-largest, includes nearly the entire western portion of the state, but the bulk of its vote is cast in the outer suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Since his election to Congress, Delaney introduced legislation to end partisan gerrymandering. The Open Our Democracy Act would appoint independent redistricting commissions nationwide to end partisan gerrymandering, make Election Day a federal holiday and create an open top-two primary system.
On July 28, 2017, Delaney became the first Democrat to announce he is running for President in 2020.
Delaney grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, where his father worked as an electrician. Scholarships helped him attend college thanks to his father’s labor union (IBEW Local 164) as well as the American Legion, VFW, and the Lions Club. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. In February 2015, Delaney received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland
Delaney has co-founded two companies, both of which are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He has won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2004.
Despite a rumored bid to run against incumbent governor Larry Hogan in 2018, Delaney plans to bypass the 2018 elections altogether. Delaney announced he is running for President in 2020 in a Washington Post op-ed.
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