Saturday, March 10, 2012

Washington Post Endorses John Delaney for 6th Congressional District

The Washington Post has endorsed John Delaney for Maryland's 6th Congressional District Democratic Primary (see excerpt below):
A POLITICAL FREE-FOR-ALL is under way in Maryland’s gerrymandered 6th Congressional District, redrawn last year by Democrats seeking to oust 20-year Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. Five Democrats and eight Republicans, including the 85-year-old Mr. Bartlett, are competing in party primaries set for April 3. The November winner will represent a district that sprawls from the West Virginia border to the Capital Beltway, taking in a big chunk of northwestern Montgomery County. 
We make no endorsement in the Republican primary, but the choice in the Democratic race is obvious. The contest boils down to two candidates from Montgomery: J ohn Delaney , a self-made businessman and first-time candidate, and state Sen. Rob Garagiola, an Annapolis insider with deep ties to the capital’s lobbyists and power brokers. Of the pair, Mr. Delaney would be by far the more independent-minded congressman and probably the more effective one, too.
Mr. Delaney’s experience is in short supply among elected Democrats. An electrician’s son, he graduated from Georgetown University’s law school, then went on to found two massively successful finance companies; the one he currently leads, CapitalSource, based in Chevy Chase, employs more than 1,000 people. 
Though a political novice, Mr. Delaney is bright, energetic and admired in the corporate world. He credibly stresses the importance of infrastructure investment to cultivate private-sector growth — a critical need in a region whose reliance on federal spending makes it vulnerable to government cuts.

More on the 6th Congressional District race soon!

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