After just seven months in office, President Donald Trump already has one Democrat confirmed to oppose him for reelection in 2020.
That Democrat, Fox News reports, is Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who first joined Congress in 2012.
The congressman insisted Friday he is serious about his White House campaign. The Democratic lawmaker said he will not be running for re-election to his congressional seat.
“To do this work with the commitment it deserves, I will not be running for reelection to the House of Representatives,” Delaney said.
“No games, no cat-and-mouse, no backup plan at the 11th hour if a focus group goes badly,” he added.
Delaney, who is socially liberal, emphasized his pro-business views in his announcement.
“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,” Delaney said.
Former Secret Service agent and current Conservative Review editor Daniel Bongino, who unsuccessfully ran against Delaney in 2014, responded to the news via Facebook:
I beat him on Election Day but lost days later as the absentee count went his way. It’s going to be hysterical watching the liberal media-clowns pick between trying to defend a Democrat candidate while simultaneously calling me all kinds of names and disparaging me. After all, if I’m such a “joke” then how come I nearly beat your guy in what would have been an upset win for the ages?
This is going to be fun.
Other Democrats that have been speculated/hoped to be presidential contenders include Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. One of the interesting things about the political landscape is that the Democrat bench has no clear successor to Hillary Clinton. Of course, she spectacularly failed to capture the country’s hearts or imagination, but it’s hard to imagine any current Democrat even meeting her eager bar — least of all Delaney.
Bongino was right; this will be fun.