Did David Trone Consider Running For Governor?

Maryland Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.)

Sources close to U.S. Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.) say the first-term congressman is taking a hard look at running for governor in 2022.

Trone announced in January 2022 that he’d seek re-election in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

David Trone Congressional Races 

The Total Wine & More co-owner spent nearly $30 million on two congressional races.

He was defeated by Jamie Raskin, a state senator at the time, in the 2016 8th District Democratic primary but handily defeated Republican Amie Hoeber in the 2018 6th District general.

Hannah Muldavin, Mr. Trone’s campaign spokeswoman at the time, neither confirmed nor denied rumors suggesting Trone is running for governor.

“Right now, he’s focused on re-election, tackling the opioid epidemic, and reforming the criminal justice system,” Muldavin told A Miner Detail.

Trone faces political newcomer Maxwell A. Bero in the spring primary.

The Laura Neuman Gubernatorial Chatter  

Mr. Trone recently met with former Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman.

If Trone runs for governor, Neuman could make her way onto a running mate shortlist.

But in 2022, Laura Neuman ran for Maryland governor.

Neuman was appointed county executive in December 2013 by Anne Arundel’s County Council, soon after John Leopold resigned from office following a criminal conviction.

Steve Schuh defeated Neuman in a bitter Republican primary in 2014.

Mr. Schuh unsuccessfully ran for re-election in 2018 but was defeated in the general election by Democrat Steuart Pittman.

Laura Neuman endorsed Pittman over Schuh.

Ms. Neuman has changed her voter registration and is no longer a registered Maryland Republican.

When asked to comment about her meeting with Trone, Neuman texted A Miner Detail, “It was a pleasure to meet Congressman Trone recently.”

Neuman said that she and Trone did not discuss teaming up in 2022 for a gubernatorial ticket.

“We covered a range of issues in our discussion, but that [a gubernatorial ticket] wasn’t one of them.”

Muldavin confirmed Trone’s meeting with Neuman but reiterated that Trone “didn’t say anything about a future governor’s race to her.”

“He is focused on helping his constituents in the 6th District, which, as you mentioned, Western Maryland may have been left behind in the past. That is really his focus,” Muldavin said.

Ryan Miner is the editor of A Miner Detail and the host of A Miner Detail Podcast.

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