Trone Ads Target Trump’s DACA Decision

Millionaire congressional candidate David Trone has released two videos that will appear on cable television, supporting individuals who are in the country who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status, the so-called Dreamers.

Trone is running for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. John Delaney of Potomac, who is sitting out the 2018 election to run for president in 2020.

“They’re doctors, they’re lawyers,” Trone said Thursday after a campaign meeting in Bethesda. “They followed the process, and they’re living wonderful lives. It’s wrong to not welcome them into America.”

On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump ended the DACA program, launched during the Obama administration to protect young immigrants who lack formal status. When Trump ended the program, he called on Congress to act within six months. In the three weeks since Trump’s decision, Congress has taken no formal action.

The ads have appeared on line over the past two weeks, according to a campaign statement. In one video, the narrator calls them believers in the American dream “who are living an American nightmare.”

The other video says, “They’re not really dreamers, they’re doers.”

Trone does not appear in either video, except his voice at the end says he approves the message.

“Why would they use children as political pawns? It’s just wrong,” Trone said Thursday.

Trone, a co-founder of Total Wine and More, met with what he called his “finance committee” at the Bethesda Marriott on Pooks Hill Road. About 15 people attended the breakfast meeting.

Closed to the press, the meeting included his fundraiser Colleen Martin Lauer.

Campaign manager Richard Parsons said Trone, who self-funded his 2016 campaign for the 8th District, was taking a different fundraising tack for his 2018 campaign for the 6th District.

“David made a decision to not take contributions (last time),” Parsons said. By self-funding, Trone wanted to present the message that he wasn’t beholden to special interests.

What came across, however, was that he was trying to buy an election, Parsons said.

For his 2018 election, Trone is accepting donations, with the exception of those from political action committees, lobbyists and corporations, Parsons said.

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