By Ryan Miner
Two sources have reported to A Miner Detail that multimillionaire David Trone is calling people and letting them know he is running for Maryland’s 6th Congressional in 2018. The Total Wine and More co-owner, sources say, could announce his decision as early as Wednesday.
However, when reached by email last evening, Trone spokesman Alex Koren dismissed the rumors, writing, “David has not made a final decision.”
Speaking to Trone one-on-one at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit earlier this year in April at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Trone told me that if incumbent Rep. John Delaney (MD-6) runs for higher office, he would jump into the CD-6 Democratic primary. Delaney announced on Friday in a Washington Post op-ed that he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president of the United States.
The wealthy wine executive has been traversing up and down the 6th Congressional District in the last several months, meeting with members of Democratic organizations and various business groups, including some members of the Hagerstown Rotary Club.
In 2016, Trone spent nearly $13 million of his own money on a second-place finish when he sought the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. Jamie Raskin bested Trone in a crowded Democratic primary and later won the November general election.
Sources reported to A Miner Detail in June who witnessed a meeting between Montgomery County Councilman Sidney Katz and Trone said they overheard Trone telling Katz that “he is ready to spend $15 million on another congressional race” and has “300 volunteers standing at the ready.” When reached for comment, Katz confirmed his meeting with Trone.
Yesterday at 4:24 p.m., A Miner Detail received an email from Trone’s wife, June, with an attached invitation to Smokey Glen Farm this Sunday, August 6, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
As David continues to explore his next steps in public service he would like to invite you to a free family cook out at Smokey Glen Farm, on Sunday August 6th, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. David would love to hear from you and get our friends and families together to enjoy the summer.
Location:Smokey Glen Farm16407 Riffle Ford RoadGaithersburg, MD 20878
PS – If you can’t make it we will be having more events in the near future so please stay tuned….
Office of David Trone
11325 Seven Locks Road #280
Potomac MD 20854 United States
Other Democrats ramping up to run in the CD-6 race include Maryland House Majority Leader Bill Frick, State Senate Roger Manno, Delegate Aruna Miller and former congressional candidate Andrew Duck. Republicans interested in the seat include Amie Hoeber, the 2016 Republican nominee in CD-6, Maryland DLLR Secretary Kelly Schulz and Boyds resident Adam McKee.
In a late-night tweet yesterday, Maryland Matters reported that former Republican state delegate Matt Mossburg has changed his political plans and now intends to seek the Republican nomination in CD-6. Mossburg had originally planned to run for Frederick’s District 3 senate seat.
— Maryland Matters (@marylandmatters) August 1, 2017
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