Local Newspaper Columnist Ends Congressional Campaign after Two Days

Paul Schwartz, who writes a weekly column about national issues for the Montgomery County Sentinel, filed to run as a Democrat in the 6th District Congressional race on Tuesday. On Thursday, though, he told Bethesda Beat he wouldn’t be running for the seat, which Rep. John Delaney is giving up to run for president. Schwartz said he talked with the paper’s managing editor, Brian Karem, about his plan to run. Karem told him it would be a conflict of interest. “He had to make a choice—run for Congress or write for me and he decided to write for me,” Karem said. (Bethesda)

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