When you’re running for president, you don’t want to be labeled as having “gone Washington.” That suggests you’re a little too comfortable in Our Nation’s Capital and a little too removed from the people.
But that’s the fate of former Maryland congressman John K. Delaney (D) in a Washingtonian magazine look at all the White House contenders and their relationship to Washington, D.C. According to the magazine, Delaney is far and away the “most Washington” of 23 candidates, including President Trump.
“It’s the one contest no presidential hopeful wants to win,” Washingtonian suggested.
Delaney may have bigger worries at the moment: principally, whether he’s going to get a place on the Democratic presidential debate stage in mid-September (it isn’t looking good, but he’s got until Thursday to qualify, and he insisted on MSNBC’s “Up With David Gura” that he’s in the race for the long haul).
Delaney also has an excuse for topping Washingtonian’s list: Well before he entered politics, he and his family lived in suburban Maryland – the main reason why he is so far ahead of all his rivals in this category.
The magazine explained its rating system: “Candidates got 10 points for being in a number of different categories: Were they born here? Raised here? Educated here? Did they live here as private citizens? Serve here as elected or Senate-confirmed officials? Do they own property in D.C.? Did they raise kids here (by which we mean did they move them to town or send them to school here while serving in government)?”
Then a few pieces of personal trivia added or subtracted from a candidate’s score.
Delaney was awarded 82 points: He and his wife April met at Georgetown Law School in D.C. He has lived and worked in the D.C. area as a private citizen. He started businesses in Maryland. He owns a home in Potomac and raised his family there. His kids went to local (private schools). He represented Montgomery County in Congress.
Next on the list, with 60 points: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D), who grew up in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of D.C., and whose mom still lives there.
For the record, former Vice President Joe Biden was No. 6 on the list. Trump was No. 9.