Post-Delaney Intrigue in the 6th Congressional District
Now that John Delaney is leaving Congress in order to run for President, we must move our attention toward what happens next in the 6th District. Names on the Republican side are sure to start being more forthcoming with their intentions now that we know that it will be an open seat contest. As I wrote in April we need a real candidate in 2018, something even more important with Delaney’s departure.
- 2016 Republican nominee Amie Hoeber is already gearing up for another campaign, with it expected that she will formally announce her campaign on Monday. Hoeber’s campaign was troubled last year by her left-wing pro-abortion views, her dismissal of Dan Bongino as a serious candidate in 2014, and campaign mismanagement. She’s found controversy this year by being embarrassingly rejected by the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee to be their treasurer, given a consolation prize by their aloof Chairman, and then being exposed lying about her support for President Trump. You can read all of our coverage of Hoeber here. While she may attempt to again buy herself the nomination, it will not be as easy this time around.
- That’s because Maryland’s Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation Kelly Schulz revealed on this morning’s episode of The Andrew Langer Show that she is considering a run for Congress herself. Schulz, a former member of the House of Delegates, would be a formidable candidate given the confidence placed in her by Governor Larry Hogan and her electoral record in being elected from the Frederick County portion of the 6th District.
- Montgomery County businessman Adam McKee had been considering a run for Congress prior to Delaney’s announcement. We spoke to McKee on the July 20th edition of Red Maryland Radio.
Other candidates who have run for Congress before, including Frank Howard and Delegate David Vogt, may also consider running. Two candidates in 2016 we know will not be running; Washington County Commission Terry Baker is expected to run for re-election, while Robin Ficker is running for Montgomery County Executive.
Time will tell which Republicans will enter the race, but this is already shaping up to be a fascinating and competitive primary. Stay tuned to Red Maryland for more coverage of the 6th District primary, as this will again be one of the top races to watch.