Rob Sobhani

An independent candidate for Senate in Maryland says 'it's about change,' as the incumbent files for re-election

An independent candidate for Senate in Maryland says 'it's about change,' as the incumbent files for re-election

Neal Simon, a Potomac businessman launching an independent campaign for the Senate in Maryland today, watched last week’s State of the Union in a state of despair. His problem wasn’t with what President Donald J. Trump was saying, per se, but the reaction he was getting from the House floor.

“The reaction was just so partisan,” the 49-year-old businessman said, noting how Democrats sat in stony silence as Trump spoke. “Our country should be a place where people can applaud for each other and applaud when we’re doing well, regardless of who they think is responsible.”

Simon’s frustration with what he felt that scene represents is a central reason the CEO of the...

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