In a very snarky but nevertheless informative story, Bethesda Magazine reports today on a joint appearance by three CD8 candidates at the D18 breakfast club on Monday – Will Jawando, David Anderson and Joel Rubin.
In what amounted to a local Democratic version of this year’s Republican “undercard” debates, three underdog contenders for the District 8 Democratic congressional nomination sought to better define themselves during a joint appearance before party activists Monday.
Since there’s been no polling in the race, nor any suggestion that the D18 folks intended to make such a judgment, the “undercard” description amounted to something of a slap in the face to the three candidates – particularly Jawando, who has surpassed all expectations so far in this raise, even outraising Kumar Barve in campaign contributions in the third quarter.
That criticism aside, the story is a good summary of the comments of the three candidates. First up, Jawando.
[F]ormer White House aide and congressional aide Will Jawando emphasized his life story—growing up in challenging economic circumstances in Silver Spring’s Long Branch neighborhood—as well as his status as the only African-American in the contest. “With 52 percent people of color in Montgomery County, we have three congressmen who represent us,” Jawando noted, pointing to Reps. Chris Van Hollen, John Delaney and John Sarbanes. “All great people—but they’re three white men. So when we have an open seat, that’s when we have to choose to be inclusive.” Van Hollen is giving up the District 8 seat to run for Senate.
Next was David Anderson:
David Anderson, an official of a Washington-based internship and seminar program, intensified his efforts to position himself as the most moderate contender in a seven-person race in which most of the candidates have staked out aggressively liberal ground. Previously the only candidate in the District 8 primary to oppose the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal, Anderson highlighted Monday his support of the Pacific trade deal—negotiated by the White House but strongly opposed by many left-leaning Democrats. “My starting point is that I’m not a party-line Democrat,” Anderson said. “I’m a progressive, but I call myself a center-left Democrat.”
Finally, Joel Rubin:
Joel Rubin emphasized his familiarity with Capitol Hill, where he most recently served as the State Department’s liaison to the House after earlier service as a congressional aide. “I know how to get things done,” he declared. But Rubin, who entered the race less than a month ago, still seemed to be searching for ways to distinguish himself in the crowded field. Often speaking in generalities, Rubin observed: “This is a district where the people have an outsized influence on the way the country does its business on Capitol Hill. I believe strongly that we have to be taking advantage of our opportunities here in this district to shape the national conversation.”
Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez was invited to the Monday event, but is currently “visiting El Salvador with other Montgomery County officials as part of the county’s sister city relationship with the state of Morazan.”
There’s more information on the candidates’ positions on issues such as the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, go read the rest. Other than the unnecessary snark, the story is great.