Campaign notes

April 20, 1998

Whoever wins the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 6th District of Maryland will not have to go it alone.

About 40 party activists who supported Stephen Crawford's candidacy two years ago have been meeting since January 1997 and plan to provide support for the Democratic nominee.

Crawford said he and past candidates have "had to largely construct from scratch a campaign organization We wanted to make sure the next guy doesn't have to start from scratch."

The organization, dubbed the Sixth District Coordinating Committee, will provide support for the nominee, including raising money, providing campaign volunteers and surveying voter attitudes and opinions.


The group has set up a World Wide Web site at (

The organization will also put out a newsletter, "Sixth Sense," and will research the Republican incumbent, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. The research activity - "The Roscoe Watch" - will include tracking Bartlett's votes.

"I know of no votes he has taken to benefit the citizens of the 6th District," said Greg Berezuk, executive director of the organization. "Roscoe is, frankly, an embarrassment to every voter in the 6th District."

Timothy D. McCown, the only announced candidate for the Democratic nomination, was the group's director of research before he declared his candidacy.

The organization's rules, which mandate neutrality until the general election, required McCown to quit. But he said he looks forward to the support if he emerges as the Democratic challenger.

"Any help I could get, I would welcome," he said.

Crawford said he considered a rematch following the 1996 election but decided against it due to family considerations.

But he said he wanted to remain involved in the issues. He said a strong showing by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., at the top of the ticket could help the party regain the congressional seat.

Mother's milk?

If money is the mother's milk of politics, Timothy D. McCown had better hope his congressional campaign can survive on a severe diet.

The Frederick County, Md., addictions counselor, who hopes to unseat Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., raised only $1,331 during the first three months of this year, according to his campaign finance report.

Bartlett can raise more than that from two political action committees.

McCown, though, has sworn off PACs, even ones friendly to Democratic causes.

"My personal belief is, we're never going to have campaign finance reform unless someone runs without taking the money," he said.

But can he win?

Several analysts have said challengers must raise between $600,000 and $2 million to have a chance at knocking off an incumbent.

McCown said he hopes to get support from people who don't normally participate in the political process - the roughly 65 percent who do not vote in off-year congressional elections.

McCown said he also favors publicly financed political campaigns and free air time on television for candidates. That would reduce the role of the moneyed interests, he said.

"The Democrats and Republicans are going, essentially, to the same donors," he said.

Wayman visits area

U.S. Senate candidate Kenneth L. Wayman made his first campaign stop in Hagerstown last week.

The Carroll County Republican spent the morning shaking voters' hands and speaking with local business owners on Thursday.

Wayman's campaign manager, Bill Oorbeek, said three major concerns emerged: taxes, crime and overregulation.

Wayman, a business owner, also campaigned in Cumberland, Md., and Oakland, Md., on Thursday.

Oorbeek said Wayman plans to come to Western Maryland at least once a month.

"It's very important to Ken," he said.

On Sunday, he will participate in the March of Dimes walk in Hagerstown, Oorbeek said.

Fund-raiser set

Washington County Commissioner candidate Mary Kline has scheduled a fund-raiser for Saturday, May 9, in Clear Spring.

The $10 a plate fund-raiser will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Church of God. Chicken will be served.

For more information, call 301-842-3029 or 301-582-2623.

- Brendan Kirby and Steven T. Dennis

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