President Bill Clinton has endorsed Democrat John Delaney in his bid for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
Businessman John Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange listed companies, both with headquarters in Montgomery County, MD. He also began Blueprint Maryland, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating jobs in Maryland’s private sector.
However, voters might be hesitant to support Delaney because of a political contribution he made in 2010 to Maryland Republican Representative Andy Harris, reports The Baltimore Sun.
There may also be concerns about Clinton’s endorsement, as The Baltimore Sun reports Delaney raised approximately $800,000 for Hilary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Bid and has given $56,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
Nonetheless, Clinton’s press release makes it clear that the former president has no doubts about Delaney’s loyalty to his party. "John Delaney is a lifelong Democrat who has real life job creation experience, he’s a progressive business leader with a long record of civic activism and charitable causes. His commitment to equality, economic growth and fairness will make him an effective advocate for the middle class, a strong advocate for job creation, and a trusted ally for reform."
“I’m honored to have President Clinton’s support. During his presidency 22 million jobs were created and we turned budget deficits into surpluses. Like President Clinton, I will be a voice in Congress for hard-working Americans who need more economic growth and want their elected officials to work together and show respect for core democratic values.” Said Delaney in response.
Delaney is challenging Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett, who currently holds the 6th District’s seat and is seeking an 11th term. Due to redistricting that took place last year, Democrats have a better chance than in previous years to pick off the incumbent Republican.