It’s only been six months since President Trump took office. But we’re already seeing challengers, stepping up to the plate to run against him in the 2020 election. Now, President Trump has not formally announced his intention to seek re-election in 2020, but he’s done a few things that suggest he will. (He filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee that officially qualifies him as a candidate. He’s also hosted a re-election fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel. Um, yeah — pretty significant indicators.)
As for his competition? Democratic Congressman, John Delaney, from the awesome state of Maryland, has officially announced his intention to seek his party’s nomination in a bid to run against President Trump in 2020.
So, who is John Delaney and what is he about?
Well, according to US News, John Delaney is one of the wealthiest members of Congress and a three-term Maryland Democrat. He’s a former banking entrepreneur and known to be politically moderate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Delaney spoke about how he believes partisanship is destroying our country:
In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, Delaney said he will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives during his bid for the presidency. Instead, he’ll start hiring a team and go to Iowa. He plans to launch a formal campaign after the midterm congressional elections next year.
Wowza. We’ve barely concluded one long election cycle. It’s sorta hard to imagine heading right into another.
True — 2020 is far away. But it feels like we’re off to the races once again with this announcement. We can only imagine that more might follow in Delaney’s footsteps. And why wouldn’t they? The last six months have been, at best, tumultuous. We didn’t expect 2020 bids to start quite so soon — but it’s kind of cool that other potential leaders are stepping up to the plate to confront the issues they see.