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November 6, 2012
Maryland Democrats succeeded tonight in their effort to redistrict Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) out of office.
Businessman John Delaney (D) defeated Bartlett, according to the Associated Press.
Bartlett was possibly the biggest loser in redistricting. State Democrats dramatically redrew his rural seat to incorporate suburban Washington, D.C., areas. Bartlett fought hard to hold his seat, but national Republicans never came to his aid on any substantial level.
The map that ended Bartlett’s career was so controversial that it was put to a ballot referendum tonight.
October 4, 2012
President Bill Clinton is set to appear Oct. 16 at a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for businessman John Delaney’s campaign for Maryland’s 6th district
No minimum donation was requested for the afternoon event, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by Roll Call. Delaney is challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).
Delaney is widely expected to win the race, thanks in part to a dramatically redrawn district that favors the Democrats — and because outside Republican groups have shown no interest in aiding Bartlett’s campaign.
Still, it is no surprise that Clinton is lending a hand. Delaney is a longtime Clinton donor, and the former president has displayed deep loyalty to former staffers, friends and campaign contributors.
The fundraiser is set for the Georgetown home of David and Katherine Bradley, the invitation said.
September 17, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hosted a fundraiser last Thursday evening on behalf of Democratic House candidate John Delaney.
Delaney is challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett for Maryland’s 6th district, and the Pelosi fundraiser is a sign of national Democrats’ determination to take the seat. In redistricting, Democrats dismantled Bartlett’s western Maryland district, adding liberal areas of the state around the Washington, D.C., suburbs that made re-election for the 10-term Congressman increasingly difficult.
That said, Bartlett has a rare across-the-aisle popularity among Democrats. Many state and national Democrats privately profess a personal affinity for him, but publicly, they are working overtime to help Delaney.
July 12, 2012
Maryland’s controversial redistricting map will be put to the voters in a referendum this fall.
Enough signatures were validated Wednesday afternoon to meet the legal threshold of about 56,000 signatures to put the map on the ballot when voters go to the polls in November, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. The referendum awaits official certification from the board and that process is not complete.
If the referendum is certified by the board, it is uncertain what will happen if voters strike down the new Congressional boundaries map. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told the Baltimore Sun that even if voters overturn the map, he would send a new one to the Legislature with only “marginal” changes.
The map was considered one of the ugliest in the country. Democrats and Republicans alike howled over the boundaries after its October release. The most common derogatory description for the new lines was “Rorschach test.” Roll Call rated Rep. John Sarbanes’ (D) 3rd district as one of the five ugliest districts in the country.
But it is the 6th that was affected the most politically. Maryland Democrats went into redistricting with the intent of picking up another seat in the delegation, and they likely will accomplish that goal in the fall elections. Lawmakers redrew Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s district (R) so dramatically that his once-safe seat now favors the Democrats.
Even Democrats critics of the overall map emerged, most notably Rep. Donna Edwards. But it was Republican state Del. Neil Parrott who led the referendum effort.
July 2, 2012
The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin airing new ads Tuesday attacking California Democratic Reps. Lois Capps, John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney on the 2010 health care law, days after the Supreme Court ruled it to be constitutional.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began live-calling and robocalling residents in 10 targeted districts, knocking mostly Republican incumbents for wanting to repeal the health care law.
April 20, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) addressed his state’s redistricting process and the subsequent fallout from it at a breakfast briefing with reporters today.
“There were, of course, bumps and bruises and divisions. No one likes redistricting. There are no real winners,” he said at an event hosted by Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C. He added a caveat that at times there are “coincidental or incidental” winners in redistricting.
The Democratic Member who most vigorously opposed the map that O’Malley eventually signed into law was Rep. Donna Edwards.
April 17, 2012
Businessman John Delaney (D), who is running to unseat Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in the Maryland 6th district race, released an internal poll today that confirmed what most political observers have already noted: The incumbent is in serious electoral trouble.
The poll shows that Delaney is up over Bartlett 48 to 39 points in the most closely watched federal race in the state.
April 5, 2012
Those deeply invested in Maryland’s 6th district — a seat Democrats are counting as a top pickup opportunity this fall — spent most of Wednesday making sense of this week’s primary results.
On the Democratic side, wounds remain raw. State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola was supposed to win it all, but he lost big in the primary to businessman John Delaney, who poured more than $1.6 million of his own money into the campaign.
Garagiola’s mentor, state Sen. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, gave a backhanded endorsement of Delaney on Wednesday, according to several reports.
But among party operatives — the Democrats who care more about a pickup in the delegation than the personalities involved — there is an almost palpable sense of relief that Delaney won.
April 3, 2012
It would have shocked the Maryland political world six months ago, but businessman John Delaney beat out the state establishment favorite, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, in the Maryland 6th district Democratic primary today, according to the Associated Press.
The seat’s current occupant, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, eased past the GOP primary as well. His closest challenger, state Sen. David Brinkley, came in second place. The tone between the two turned especially nasty in recent days.
The wins are not yet official, but Garagiola already conceded to Delaney.
The Democratic primary was a race between a candidate favored by mapmakers versus a candidate with a massive capacity to self-fund.
April 2, 2012
Few races this cycle have had as much drama as Maryland’s 6th district. And the day before Tuesday’s primaries, Republicans are occupied with accusing each other of pulling dirty tricks.
Someone posted online audio of two 911 calls from a 2008 domestic dispute involving Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s primary opponent, state Sen. David Brinkley.
The incident is widely known in Maryland and was covered in the local press at the time.
But the emergence of the actual audio of distressed phone calls from both Brinkley and his wife at the time, along with the intrigue of who did it, has fascinated both Republicans and Democrats watching this race.
While the audio surfaced online last week, it caught little notice until over the weekend, when a Twitter account that includes Bartlett’s publicity photo and a link to the campaign website tweeted links to the 911 calls. The account has no followers and had no tweets before Saturday.
Over the weekend, the two top Democrats in Maryland’s 6th district primary deployed their highest profile surrogates to do robocalls.
District residents have been receiving calls from Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) vouching for state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola.
Garagiola is locked in a fierce battle with businessman John Delaney. It was reported Sunday that President Bill Clinton has been making robocalls on behalf of Delaney.
April 1, 2012
Former President Bill Clinton has recorded robocalls on behalf of businessman John Delaney in the Maryland 6th district primary, according to the Delaney campaign.
“You can count on John Delaney to stand up for the middle class and for our Democratic values,” Clinton says in the 32-second message.
“Please vote for more jobs, for greater opportunity by voting for Democrat John Delaney for Congress,” he adds.
March 29, 2012
State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney are playing their trump cards today, as the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 6th district enters the homestretch.
Garagiola announced he has the backing of Gov. Martin O’Malley, the state’s most prominent Democrat. Hours after news of the endorsement surfaced, the Delaney campaign released two internal polls showing him way up over his rivals with less than a week to go before Tuesday’s primary.
The latest poll, conducted March 26-27, showed Delaney garnering 49 percent of the vote, with Garagiola garnering 23 percent of the vote. Dr. Milad Pooran came in third with 10 percent. Sixteen percent of those surveyed were undecided. The winner of the Democratic primary will challenge Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the fall in a race that Democrats are slightly favored to win.
March 22, 2012
Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards today endorsed businessman John Delaney in the 6th district race, putting her on the opposite side of three of her fellow Democratic colleagues.
While it does not carry the stature of a national endorsement from President Bill Clinton, Edwards’ support has strategic and symbolic resonance of its own.
Delaney is facing state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola in what has become a tough Democratic primary. The 6th district was essentially redrawn with Garagiola, who is deeply entrenched with Maryland Democratic insiders, in mind. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is backing Garagiola, along with Reps. Elijah Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger. Full story
March 20, 2012
With the April 3 primary only two weeks away, Maryland’s 6th district race has become one of the most heated in the country.
Democratic candidates are busy campaigning across the district — which covers western Maryland and stretches all the way to the Washington, D.C., suburbs — in hopes of challenging Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the likely Republican nominee, in the fall.
The top two Democratic contenders, state Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola and businessman John Delaney, participated in a candidate forum on Saturday sponsored by the Washington County Democratic Central Committee. The event was held at the UAW Hall in Hagerstown. Garagiola and Delaney, along with the other three Democrats running, also participated in a debate Sunday in Gaithersburg to discuss issues ranging from Iran to women’s contraception. Full story