(FreedomBeacon.com)- On Tuesday, voters in Maryland will decide many contentious primary races, including one in the state’s 6th Congressional District, where a well-connected young conservative journalist is running for office and criticizing establishment Democrats for not showing up to work for the past two years.
Former Washington Free Beacon reporter Matthew Foldi, 25, announced he would challenge two-term Democratic Rep. David Trone, a multimillionaire self-funded candidate, after spending months exposing Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Their offices have remained dark as inflation, crime, and government spending skyrocket. Trone is a Democrat who has served two terms in Congress.
President Joe Biden won the state’s 6th CD by 24 points before redistricting, but after that, The Washington Post found, he would have won by just 10 points. The Western Maryland district is in play in a midterm climate when Republicans have the swing district edge, yet it is still a stretch for the GOP. According to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, the 6th district of Maryland is a “Lean Democratic” district.
Foldi has garnered a lot of support from national Republicans eager to give their voices and endorsements to the candidate’s cause in what might be a close contest.
One of Foldi’s most outspoken supporters is Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.). The two connected after Foldi was offered a seat on an aircraft for a press tour, and Bacon recently praised Foldi’s “excellent IQ” to Politico.
The 2018 college graduate will “fight for our national defense, our veterans, and America,” according to Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.).
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), the chair of the GOP study committee, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the GOP conference, and the House Republican leader himself, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), all support Foldi. McCarthy claims that Foldi’s “experience as an investigative reporter will be crucial in helping our majority hold this White House accountable.”
Beyond the House, Foldi has received support from a wide range of well-known Republicans, including the departing, never-Trump governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, the son of the former president, Don Jr., and top members of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell.
Despite all the celebrity endorsements, Foldi has a formidable opponent in 51-year-old Maryland state delegate Neil Parrott, who unsuccessfully ran against Trone in the last election. For many years, Parrott pushed for congressional district lines that favor Republicans a little more, including the one he is currently running.