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Kathleen Matthews Endorses Chris Van Hollen's Senate Bid

Matthews endorsed Van Hollen, the man she's hoping to replace in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kathleen Matthews, a Democrat running for Congress in Maryland's 8th District, announced her support for the man she is trying to succeed, endorsing the Senate bid of Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen.  

In a statement posted  on her website Monday, Matthews lauded the seven-term member as a "progressive" but a "pragmatist" — the same way she is trying to present herself in a race where, until recently , she had faced fiercest opposition from liberal state Sen. Jamie Raskin.  "It’s time that I make my support of his campaign official," Matthews said. "His ability to work with people of both parties is critical during this era of divided government."  

New Candidate Already Spending Big in Maryland Race for Van Hollen Seat

The race for the Maryland congressional seat currently held by Van Hollen got a last-minute candidate. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 3:22 p.m. |  With only a few days before the door closes on candidate filing in Maryland, one surprise candidate is on his way through – and he brought a big checkbook with him.  

David J. Trone, a 60-year-old businessman who made a fortune from his retail chain, Total Wine & More , announced his candidacy late Wednesday in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s open 8th District – potentially shaking it up with the millions he said he would be willing to spend ahead of the April primary.  “I’m going to spend absolutely what it takes,” he told Roll Call on Thursday. “We’re starting as a big underdog. I love hard work and new ideas. I love change and I don’t think a lot of folks in D.C. embrace change.”  

Matthews, Raskin Take Different Paths in Maryland's 8th District Primary

Matthews campaigned door-to-door with aides Samantha Seto and Tristin Ralph, in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For about four days a week, from now until April 11, a major obstacle will be out of Democrat Kathleen Matthews’ way as she runs for her party’s nomination in Maryland’s 8th District, a primary contest that could well decide the successor to outgoing Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

That is because state Sen. Jamie Raskin – the Democrat who polling and Maryland Democratic operatives say is her chief rival among six others running for this open seat – will be spending more and more time in Annapolis during the 90-day legislative session that ends only two weeks before election day.  “I was obviously aware from the beginning of the race that I’d be going back to Annapolis,” Raskin, the Maryland Senate's Democratic whip, said in an interview with Roll Call. “I will not be able to knock on as many doors as before, but I’m spending every free minute in the evening and on the weekends out campaigning.”  

Kathleen Matthews Scores EMILY's List Endorsement

Matthews is running for Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Democrat Kathleen Matthews on Thursday received an endorsement from EMILY's List, a national group which has made it its mission to support Democratic women candidates.  

In a statement, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock said that in Matthews the group sees an opportunity to elect the first woman to Congress from Maryland's 8th District, which is being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he seeks the state's open Senate seat.    “Kathleen Matthews is a lifelong advocate for women and families and a dynamic leader who will fight for progressive change in Congress,” she said. “As a news anchor at WJLA-TV, she put a spotlight on issues affecting women and families — jobs, education, health care, and equality in the workplace — and as an executive, she spearheaded efforts to advance women's careers and women-owned businesses around the world."  

Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8 th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

Six Female Representatives Endorse Matthews in Maryland

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kathleen Matthews on Monday announced support from a half dozen Democratic congresswomen for her campaign in Maryland’s open 8th District seat.  

The lawmakers – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass.; Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif.; Lois Frankel, D-Fla.; and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. – will headline a fundraiser for Matthews on Tuesday evening, her campaign said.   Matthews, a former local television reporter who also led public affairs for Marriott International, is using the endorsements to appeal to women in a large primary field to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen. She and Maryland Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez and four men are running in the Democratic primary.  

Democrats Seek to Turn Republican Debate Pain Into Their Gain

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the commercial time between jabs at Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, viewers watching in the Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C., media market will hear from a familiar Democrat.  

Kathleen Matthews, the former television anchor turned Democratic candidate to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen as he runs for Senate, purchased ad time on Fox News and other cable networks for an ad she hopes will contrast herself and other Democrats with the mammoth GOP field.  

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

Matthews introduced herself to voters when she kicked off her campaign in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m. | As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.  

Matthews, a former Marriot executive and a longtime D.C.-area TV news anchor, contributed $2,600 to Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri in 2014. During an appearance Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU, Matthews was asked about the contribution.  

Kathleen Matthews Joins Race for Van Hollen's Seat

Matthews introduces herself to voters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The race to succeed Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland’s 8th District became even more crowded Wednesday, when former Marriott executive and news anchor Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy.  

“I have spent a lifetime shattering the glass ceiling, advocating for women and children in all of my career work as well as being a strong fighter for human dignity, opportunity, as well as equality,” Matthews said outside the Silver Spring Metro station. “And those are the values that I want to bring to the U.S. Congress.” Matthews greeted commuters on the misty gray morning before her announcement, shaking hands and letting them know she's running for Congress. She planned to spend her first day on the campaign trail visiting a senior center and a local market in Rockville, and hosting a fundraiser.  

Democratic Floodgates Open for Maryland House Seat

Van Hollen is running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:55 p.m. | Rep. Chris Van Hollen's decision to run for Senate in Maryland  marks the likely  start of a crowded Democratic primary for Senate — and for his newly open House seat too.  

Van Hollen represents Maryland's 8th District, a reliably Democratic district bordering Washington, D.C. With its affluent population and proximity to the Capitol, Democrats will have no shortage of candidates who could run. Van Hollen has held the seat since  2002, and for many ambitious Democrats, this is their shot. What's more, members of the State Senate, House of Delegates and Montgomery City Council have little to risk by running because they are not standing for re-election until 2018.