Twenty candidates will participate in the first Democratic primary debates on Wednesday and Thursday. But outside the top contenders, most candidates are complete mysteries. BTRtoday takes a brief look at the Unknown Dems of the 2020 primary.
John Delaney, 56, former U.S. Representative (MD-6)
Delaney’s had a rough primary season. As Phillip Wegmann wrote for RealClearPolitics, the former Maryland rep has “been running longer and with less media attention than any other 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.” That led him to campaign by fundraising for Planned Parenthood, a good idea that kind of worked, at least to get him on the debate stage.
Delaney’s not offending anyone with mostly progressive tax views and tacit support for universal healthcare, or that he looks like the bald guy from The Leftovers who convinces Justin Theroux to start doing weird stuff. But he’s not endearing leftists by accepting big contributions from the financial sector or slamming “half-baked socialist policies” like Medicare for All. And unfortunately for him, AOC dunking on Delaney’s opposition to M4A is still his press highlight (or lowlight) of this primary season.
Interestingly, Delaney’s standout issue might be online privacy. According to Politico, he’s the only candidate who favors adopting California’s Consumer Privacy Act nationwide (at least so far). It’s likely not among most voters’ key issues, but it’s a positive hill to stake his flag on regardless. Something tells us tech giants won’t stop selling our data anytime soon.