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John Delaney Chosen for DCCC’s “Red to Blue” Program

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John Delaney

Last year, he was gerrymandered out of Maryland’s sixth district by his own party in an attempt to exclude him from running for Congress there. Now, after defeating party favorite Rob Garagiola in the primary, John Delaney has been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program, which zeroes in on currently Republican congressional districts that have a good chance of turning Democrat. Delaney is one of 35 “new, competitive candidates” who will be given “financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support” by the DCCC.

Though Delaney is going up against 10-term incumbent Roscoe Bartlett, the race is really his to lose, as the district has been redrawn specifically to disenfranchise Republican voters. If Bartlett somehow manages to win, it’ll really say more about Maryland Dems’ incompetence in rigging elections than anything else. If Delaney wins, Maryland’s representation in Congress won’t so much go from “red to blue” as “blue to navy blue.”

Democrats Quickly Learn to Love Sixth District Nominee John Delaney

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John Delaney

This is my favorite moment in partisan politics: right after the primary when two politicians, who just yesterday we’re warning voters of the doomsday scenario that would be brought about by the other’s nomination, backpedal as quickly and completely as they can to present a unified front in the general election. And in the case of the Democratic primary in Maryland’s sixth Congressional district, it’s particularly satisfying.

The nominee, John Delaney, was gerrymandered out of the district by the party establishment in order to clear a path to the nomination for Rob Garagiola (the official choice to unseat 10-term Republican U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett), but ran anyway. And his status as literally “an outsider” propelled him to a decisive victory (well, that and outspending Garagiola three to one). By now, most of the top party members have scraped off their Garagiola bumper stickers and come out in full support of insurgent Delaney as he challenges Bartlett to represent the New, Improved Sixth District — now with more registered Democrats!

I know I harp on gerrymandering alot in my posts here, but that’s only because it is one of the most overt and defiant displays of political corruption available — I can’t understand how our lawmakers can claim to be representing the people as they are blatantly manipulating the system to benefit their party. And with the sixth district, it couldn’t be more offensive if Dems redrew it in the shape of the middle finger, what with the obvious dilution of Maryland’s already embattled conservative voters, and the wonky border that zig and zag to avoid potential candidates’ homes, in the hopes they wouldn’t run.

Don’t get me wrong, more Republicans in the House of Representatives is not something that makes me feel particularly safe, but corruption is corruption.

Bartlett Supporters Get Nasty with Brinkley Just Before Primary

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State Sen. David Brinkley

If there’s one thing I know about running a political campaign (and it’s more likely that I know nothing) it’s that when it comes down to the wire and you don’t have a comfortable lead on your opponent, you should release evidence of a scandal just before the vote.

That’s what supporters of US Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who has represented Maryland’s recently gerrymandered sixth district for ten terms, have done. The group, called “Victory for Bartlett,” sent a mass email to registered Republicans in the district smearing Bartlett’s stiffest competition in the primary, state Sen. David Brinkley, who actually lives in the eighth district. The email links to three YouTube videos: two concerning alleged domestic disputes between Brinkley and his former wife, another falsely accusing Brinkley of never voting against Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state budgets.

I’m sure that if I had a job I needed to reapply for every two years, I could get a little cut-throat — and of course Bartlett’s actual connection to the group is uncertain — but after twenty years serving (albeit of a differently bounded district), I’d say you’re a known quantity. If people don’t want you anymore, they don’t want you anymore.

The most recent poll puts Bartlett and Brinkley in a statistical dead heat — Bartlett at 34 percent, Brinkley at 31. Even if Bartlett wins the nomination, he’ll have a real fight on his hands in the general election — his is the seat Democrats were hoping to nab from Republicans in the recent redistricting.

Any sixth district Republicans out there? What’s your take?

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