Political Notes: How’s Delaney Playing in Peoria?
“Mention my name in Sheboygan…”
— 1940’s tune
By Josh Kurtz
It’s no secret that presidential nominating campaigns are usually won in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
So we wondered if Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) has received any attention in these key states since announcing in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday that he plans to run for president in 2020. The early answer: Not yet.
Iowa’s biggest and most influential newspaper, The Des Moines Register, ignored his announcement. So did the second and third biggest newspapers, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Davenport Dispatch.
But the Hawkeye State’s fourth biggest newspaper, the Quad City Times, mentioned it three times on its website in recent days. It published the Associated Press story about the announcement twice — both in the local section and in the national section. And it mentioned Delaney again in a CNN political roundup that it published on its website Sunday.
In New Hampshire, things weren’t better. The powerful Union-Leader newspaper? Shut out. Ditto for The Boston Globe, which is widely read in the southern part of the Granite State.
Delaney also didn’t rate a mention in the Las Vegas Sun or the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The State, the biggest newspaper in South Carolina, reprinted a Baltimore Sun article about Delaney’s candidacy on its website.
MOSSBURG CHANGES HIS PLANS
Former state Del. Mathew Mossburg (R), who only recently announced his candidacy for a state Senate seat in Frederick County, has decided instead to run for Delaney’s 6th District congressional seat.
In coming forward as a candidate, Mossburg talked openly of his struggles with addiction and vowed to make fighting the opioid crisis his top priority. Now he believes he can make a bigger difference fighting the crisis at the federal level.
“It is time for our leaders and our country to come together to fight this common enemy and save our families and communities,” he said in a statement Monday night. “This will require a new era of unity, civility and collaborative policy-making from all sides.”
Mossburg becomes the first Republican to enter the race, but others will surely follow.