Representative John Delaney (D-MD) has announced his candidacy for President in 2020. The 54 year old Congressman has represented Maryland’s 6th district since 2013.
“Our government is hamstrung by excessive partisanship. We are letting critical opportunities to improve the country pass us by. And we are not even talking about the most important thing: the future.” Delaney wrote in the Washington Post “The victims of this leadership failure are the good people we are sworn to serve, and we are leaving our country ill-prepared for dramatic changes ahead. The current administration is making us less prosperous and less secure. I’m running because I have an original approach to governing and economic policy that can put us on a different course.”
Delaney cites his love of his country as his reason for running, arguing partisanship and the Trump presidency is threatening our country.
“It is my love of country that compels me to behave differently in politics — work to do big things, seek solutions and compromise, respect the privilege of public service and be optimistic about the world,” Delaney concludes.
The Representative will likely half a tough road to the nomination, as speculation continues to swirl about some big Democratic names entering the race. Among these speculated individuals are Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. All of these potential candidates would have a leg up on Mr. Delaney on pure name recognition alone.
Delaney will also have a tough time navigating the left’s base. The Congressman boasts a net worth of $90 million from founding two commercial banks, which makes him one of the richest members of Congress. This would be easy fodder for attacks from the left from the Bernie Sanders wing of the party, and maybe Bernie Sanders himself if he chooses to run. Delaney is also a political moderate at a time when Democrats look to be swinging to the left in response to the devastating loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016.