National Democrats have added John Delaney to their top-tier candidate development program, the latest sign that they consider the financier’s race to unseat Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) one of the party’s top House pickup opportunities in the country.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Tuesday that Delaney had been named to its “Red to Blue” program, reserved for candidates who meet a series of fundraising and organizational goals.
The move is unsurprising, given that redistricting has made the 6th Congressional District seat long held by Bartlett much more favorable territory for Democrats. But the DCCC had to wait until after Maryland’s April 3 primary, when Delaney trounced state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (Montgomery) for the party nomination, before giving the designation to Delaney.
The label means the DCCC will offer Delaney extra help during his campaign and bring him to the attention of key party donors. Delaney has already demonstrated some fundraising prowess, raising more than $900,000 from outside donors in addition to the $1.7 million he shelled out from his own pocket.