Feb 22, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee members endorse ex-Capitol Police officer's House bid

Rep. Bennie Thompson, wearing a gray suit, white shirt and dark blue tie, and Adam Schiff, wearing a dark blue suit jacket, white shirt and light blue tie, walking in a House office building hallway.

Reps. Bennie Thompson and Adam Schiff. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Former Capitol Police officer and congressional candidate Harry Dunn on Thursday rolled out endorsements from two Democrats who served on the Jan. 6 committee.

Why it matters: Dunn has reported raising colossal sums as he tries to emerge from a crowded Democratic primary field in Maryland's 3rd district.

Driving the news: Dunn, who gave heart-rending testimony to the committee about defending the Capitol, announced endorsements from Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

  • He also rolled out support from Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who has sued former President Trump over Jan. 6, and Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas).
  • Thompson, who chaired the Jan. 6 panel, said in a statement Dunn "did his job and defended my colleagues regardless of their party affiliation."
  • "Harry Dunn defended my life on January 6th," Schiff said.

State of play: A first-time candidate, Dunn pulled in $2.75 million from grassroots donation site ActBlue in January, more than any Democratic candidate for House or Senate.

  • He has significantly out-raised the rest of the primary field in his district, which includes multiple state legislators and local officials.
  • The seat, vacated by retiring Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), is solidly blue and likely to go to whoever wins the Democratic primary.

What he's saying: "Our campaign's momentum shows that Marylanders are ready for fresh leadership," Dunn said in a statement.

  • "I'm humbled and honored for this support, and I look forward to calling these amazing leaders, my colleagues, when I'm elected to Congress."
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