Political Notes: Trone Will Host Fundraiser with Pelosi
Plus: Delaney to air 30-minute informercials in Iowa, current chair of Montgomery County Democratic Party steps down
Sixth District U.S. Rep. David Trone
This story was updated at 1:10 p.m. Nov. 15, 2019, to correct a reference to David Trone and his business. It also was updated at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, 2019, to correct a reference to Neil Parrott possibly running for Congress.
Trone will host fundraiser with Pelosi
Sixth District U.S. Rep. David Trone is hosting a fundraiser at Gaithersburg High School on Sunday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The spaghetti dinner will benefit Trone, who plans to launch an “aggressive” re-election campaign, according to his communications director, Hannah Muldavin.
Trone — a co-founder of the retail chain Total Wine & More — won his seat in 2018 after former Congressman John Delaney decided to run for president instead of re-election. Trone spent $15.8 million of his own money in what became the state’s most expensive race.
This month, Watkins Mill High School teacher Maxx Bero announced his plan to run against Trone in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, Kevin T. Caldwell of Frederick County has filed to run. Republican state Del. Neil Parrott, of Washington County, has formed an exploratory committee to consider running.
Individual tickets for the event cost $10. Family tickets cost $25.
Political candidates can use Montgomery County Public Schools property for political events after normal school hours, when the buildings become community spaces rented by the county’s Interagency Coordinating Board, MCPS spokesman Derek Turner wrote in an email.
Delaney to air 30-minute infomercials before Iowa caucuses
Former Rep. John Delaney will begin airing 30-minute infomercials in Iowa on Sunday as he continues to prepare for the state’s caucuses in February.
The first round of ads, which cost $40,000, will include information on Delaney’s background and several of his campaign platforms. The commercials will continue to air sporadically until caucuses begin on Feb. 3.
Delaney has focused heavily on Iowa since declaring his candidacy in the fall of 2017. He’s spent more time there than any other candidate, hosting 229 events over 80 days.
Recent polls still show Delaney trailing his competitors at less than 1%. He did not qualify for the latest Democratic debate on MSNBC next week.
Goldberg stepping down as Montgomery County Democratic chair
Scott Goldberg, the chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, announced last week that he will step down from the position in December.
Goldberg owns the residential property management company Streamline Management and is in the process of acquiring another firm, he said in a phone interview on Thursday. The deadline for completing the acquisition is Jan. 1, preventing him from fully committing to his responsibilities as party chair.
“I didn’t have time to focus on both things and do them both well,” Goldberg said. “I thought it was better to step aside.”
Goldberg has also worked for local political candidates, including an 11-month stint as campaign manager for former County Executive Ike Leggett’s successful re-election bid for a third term.
The party will hold elections for a new chair on Dec. 10.
Staff writer Caitlynn Peetz contributed to this report.