Democratic rivals are bound to cross paths in such a small state. That’s what happened when McBride gave a speech Saturday to the Delaware Stonewall PAC at a seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. The group had recently endorsed her, ensuring a supportive audience for McBride.
“We are a state of neighbors. We meet everywhere,” noted New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, who did not take sides in the congressional primary.
McBride is already something of a local celebrity and is no stranger to national politics. She made national headlines in 2011 when she came out as transgender, while serving as class president at American University. And she has long-standing ties to the Biden family. President Joe Biden wrote the foreword to his 2018 memoir, and McBride said his late son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, was one of his mentors.
Local star power certainly doesn’t hurt the election campaign. Delaware State Senator Russ Huxtable, who supports her, observed that voters tended to recognize her when they campaigned together: “People are like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Sarah McBride ? » »
In addition to his name recognition, his leadership record and two state-level election victories “reduce a lot of doubts” voters might have about his identity, said Rep. Mark Takano (D-R. California), who was the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress. “She’s already shown she can win.”