Chris Matthews’ Wife Running for Congress as a Democrat

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The wife of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Democrat Kathleen Matthews, has jumped into the primary to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

Via a Hill report, Hollen is running for the Senate.

The seat Matthews is after is Maryland’s 8th District House in Silver Spring.

According to The Washington Post, Matthews is “vowing to fight for a litany of liberal causes, including equal pay for women, abortion rights, and raising the minimum wage.

She’s not running unopposed, according to The Hill.

Matthews is a former local news anchor. She most recently served as an executive for Marriott Hotels but stepped down from that position last month as she geared up for the House race.

Matthews’s name recognition, and her family’s deep political ties, could help her stand apart from the huge field of Democrats seeking to replace Van Hollen.

Still, she’s never run for elected office before and faces a deep field of experienced state-level officials in the primary.

So far, Maryland Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez are in the race, along with Will Jawando, a former aide to President Obama, and state Sen. Jamie Raskin.


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