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Delaney for president? Don’t believe the ‘Hardball’ hype.

Rep. John Delaney has been rumored to be a candidate for a lot of elected offices of late, and now you can add “president” to the Maryland Democrat’s list. delaney-300x211

Only problem is, despite his alleged interest becoming a bullet point on a national TV talk show and a recent email from a high-ranking state party official, Delaney’s camp says it’s just not true.

The three-term congressman, whose district includes parts of Montgomery and Frederick counties as well as Western Maryland, has been rumored to be looking at running for re-election to his current post as well as potentially entering the Democratic primary for governor.

On Monday, Delaney’s name was mentioned by Chris Matthews on his MSNBC show, “Hardball.” Matthews more than inferred that Delaney was preparing to open up an office in Iowa — typically a signal that one is exploring a run for president.

“John Delaney, the congressman from Maryland, he’s opening an office in Iowa,” Matthews said. “I mean, there are some guys running already.”

(You can watch the episode here with Matthews’ comments coming at the 38:08 mark.)

Kathleen Matthews (center) speaks with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (left) and Sen. Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton, D-Charles County and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (right). (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Kathleen Matthews (center) speaks with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (left) and Sen. Thomas M. “Mac” Middleton, D-Charles County and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (right). (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Matthews comments come days after his, wife Kathleen, chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, mentioned a similar run in an email about who attended the Washington County Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner.

“John Delaney showed up unexpectedly because the House had an early recess. In the audience were Bill Frick, Roger Manno, both candidates for CD-6, if John goes for Governor or President.” Matthews wrote in the email obtained by The Daily Record.

Will McDonald, a spokesman for Delaney’s campaign, said Delaney is not considering a run for president or opening an office in Iowa.

“Congressman Delaney does not have an office in Iowa or any other place other than Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” McDonald said in an email. “As he has said before, the Congressman and his wife plan to make an announcement regarding a possible run for Maryland’s governor by the end of June.”


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