GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA) The two Maryland Democrats leading a pack of candidates aiming to oust long-time Republican Representative Roscoe Bartlett are turning up the heat against each other as they head toward the April 3rd Maryland primary election.
"We know some of his business practices are somewhat questionable," says Maryland State Senator Rob Garagiola as he talks about rival John Delaney, a wealthy Potomac financier.
Meanwhile, Delaney is attacking Garagiola for failing to report lobbying work on state disclosure forms required by the Senate.
"I think there's been a lack of transparency on his part," Delaney says.
Garagiola says the reporting issue was a misunderstanding and says he has always revealed his employers and income by disclosing his tax returns as a candidate.
"Nothing was hidden," Garagiola says. He challenges Delaney to make his tax returns public, which Delaney has declined to do.
Delaney, fires back saying his finance business has been recognized by the Obama Administration for assisting small business and low income borrowers. Delaney's net worth is estimated at $50 million. He is the founder of Chevy Chase Commercial Bank's CapitalSource Funding where he says he has created at least 1000 jobs.
He is well known in Democratic Party fundraising circles has the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton and the Washington Post.
Delaney is a self-made millionaire who was the first in his family to go to college on a scholarship provided by his father's labor union.
Garagiola is the Majority Leader in Maryland's Senate who was a leader in the fight to legalize gay marriage in the state. He has secured the endorsement of labor unions, environmental groups and 3 Maryland Congressmen, including Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Garagiola and Delaney are the leaders among 5 Democrats fighting to take on Bartlett, a Western Maryland Republican who has been in Congress for 20 years. Bartlett is facing 7 republican challengers.
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The 6th District, which includes all of Western Maryland and part of Montgomery County, became heavily contested territory after Maryland's Democratically controlled legislature and Governor redrew the boundaries in 2011 to favor their party.