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Is John Delaney Considering a Run for Governor?



Congressman John Delaney’s name has become associated with the Maryland Governor’s race. All the Democrat hopefuls in the race enjoy a vastly superior financial position than the Republicans but in the Democratic primary, frontrunner Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is vulnerable after the Maryland health exchange rollout touted as his greatest achievement ended up being an embarrassing failure. His opponent Attorney General Doug Gansler has made his own missteps but has been on the attack. Delaney, as many pundits have pointed out, is wealthy enough to self finance his campaign and and he may be sensing blood in the water.

Md. governor’s poll that includes Delaney’s name raises questions about his thinking

There’s at least some circumstantial evidence. A telephone poll has been conducted in recent days that includes the names of Democrats who’ve already announced they’re running for governor — along with that of Delaney, the freshman congressman.

Delaney, who has been outspoken recently on the state’s efforts to raise the minimum wage and its troubled online health insurance exchange, declined to comment Sunday on whether a poll was being conducted on his behalf. He allowed during a brief interview that he has polled on a variety of issues in the past but said that he’s “very focused” on his job in Congress.

Karla Raettig, executive director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, happened to be among those who got called as part of the poll. Raettig said she was interviewed Thursday and surprised to hear one of the choices offered for governor.

“As someone who follows this pretty carefully, when they said ‘John Delaney,’ I kind of perked up,” said Raettig, whose organization is preparing to endorse a candidate.

Raettig said the poll did not identify its sponsor.

It included questions about negative aspects of the candidacies of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), Raettig said. She said she was asked if she was satisfied with the candidates already in the race or if she would be interested in someone new.

The albatross of Obamacare is hanging around his own neck in his race to get reelected to Congress in MD-6 and Delaney may be feeling the pressure from the energetic Dan Bongino campaign who is consistently attacking Delaney for continuing to support the failing program. Delaney may be seeing an opportunity to save his own political hide while jumping into a more powerful position.

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