State Treasurer Colleen Davis has ignored my advice to run for Lt. Governor, and is instead entering what might soon become a crowded Democratic primary for Delaware’s sole congressional seat. State Senator Sarah McBride is already running. Former Wilmington Mayoral candidate and current Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority Eugene Young has a “big announcement” scheduled at the Wilmington waterfront on Monday, July 24, and rumor has it that he is running. He should run for Mayor again to save us from another Potter run.
Honestly, I don’t know what either are thinking. Maybe they are hoping that more candidates get in to further lower the winning number, so that someone with 20% support can win the primary. Maybe they are just looking to boost their name recognition and their prospects for future runs for office. Actually, I do know what Colleen Davis is thinking: she won statewide, and McBride and Young have not, so therefore she thinks she has the wider base of support.
But McBride is a national figure. She has to be considered the dominant front runner for the nomination. She’s got a national network of support, has raised already inconceivable amounts of money, and for the past few weeks, has been making the rounds on every podcast and news show and talk show known to humanity.
Hey, who am I to discourage people running for Congress? It doesn’t happen often that we have an open seat or a statewide poisition let alone a Congressional one. The Democratic primary has essentially become the general election in this Democratic state. The last time it happened for Congress was in 2016. And back then we had three candidates competing for the job too: Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, State Senator and Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, and former State Treasurer and current public defender Sean Barney. That race didn’t go negative, and everyone left that race with their integrity and futures intact.
Hopefully this race stays positive, and no candidate dares to use the DeSantis/Trump anti-trans playbook, which might play to a very narrow constituency in the Democratic coalition, but which would end forever any political or moral future the candidate who employs it wishes to have in Democratic or Delaware politics. This ain’t Tennessee. It’s Delaware.
From the News Journal:
“Raising three children here in Delaware,” Davis said in an interview, “ I think that we need more leaders in Congress who come from working class situations as I did growing up.”
“And truly, I’m focused on fighting for families and keeping them safe and secure.” […]
“It comes down to ensuring that we’re sending someone to D.C. who has a record of fighting for families and helping the most vulnerable – and doing it in a way that’s tangible,” she said.
“That’s certainly something that I have focused on over the last five years.”
Good luck Colleen Davis!