Delaney Message and Early Work in Iowa Getting Noticed Nationally


Monday, November 19, 2018

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Delaney Message and Early Work in Iowa Getting Noticed Nationally

Delaney building extensive early state infrastructure, offering Democratic voters a new approach  


WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney’s (MD-6) background, unifying message and early state strategy in Iowa is getting attention by national outlets, including the Washington Post and New York Times. Delaney was the first announced Democratic candidate for president and has already campaigned in all 99 Iowa Counties. Delaney did not run for reelection to Congress and felt that it was important to have an honest conversation with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire from the beginning: he was campaigning there because he was running.

In addition to holding hundreds of grassroots events across Iowa, the Delaney campaign has advertised extensively in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids media markets, spending over a million dollars. His first ad, “Dirty Word” aired on Super Bowl Sunday. Independent polling by Emerson College this fall had Delaney’s Name ID in Iowa at 79%.

Delaney will be back in Iowa the first week of December.

“His grandparents, he says, “made pencils and worked the docks.” He did not become wealthy, as today’s businessman-turned-president did, through a father’s largesse supplemented by tax chicanery. Neither of Delaney’s parents went to college. His father was a 60-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. An IBEW scholarship, and support from the American Legion, VFW and Lion’s Club, helped Delaney through Columbia University. After Georgetown Law School, where he met his wife, he founded a financial company and became the youngest-ever CEO on the New York Stock Exchange. His next company invests in small and midsize companies. In 2017, Fortune magazine included him among the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

Solidly built and impeccably tailored, Delaney, 55, is a Democrat who believes in what he has lived: upward mobility, with assistance. He recognizes the obvious, that globalization has been “extraordinarily positive” for billions more people than it has injured, but its American casualties are real and deserve government help. He speaks with the calm confidence of one who understands, as the man he hopes to displace does not, that the lungs are not the seat of wisdom.”

Mr. Delaney’s central message is simple: Globalization has been an “extraordinarily positive” force, he says, but not for everyone, and politicians should have acted — through tax incentives, infrastructure investments, better public education, universal health care — to make it positive for more people. Instead, they were “too busy fighting.”

In an interview on his campaign bus, winding through corn and soybean fields west of Des Moines, he said he would start to change that by dedicating the first 100 days of his administration exclusively to existing bipartisan legislation. He cited a criminal justice overhaul drafted by Mr. Booker and Rand Paul; immigration reform as proposed in a bill that passed the Senate with a supermajority in 2013, but that Mr. Boehner refused to bring to the House floor; and repairs to the Affordable Care Act outlined by Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray. 

“So much of politics these days has become, quote, ‘about politics,’” Mr. Delaney said in an earlier interview, adding that he wanted to emphasize civility, bipartisanship and compromise. “People getting into these pointless arguments about ideology, and are you left or center or progressive, or all this garbage.”