Campaign notes

August 30, 1998

Local Republicans and Democrats held fund-raising auctions at their picnics last week.

The money raised will be used to help their candidates win the November election.

The most expensive item at the auction sponsored by the Washington County Republican Club: a black raspberry pie, which fetched $100.

"I was shocked. When that thing went to $100, I almost croaked," said Richard "Dick" Everhart, who helped organize the picnic.

At the Washington County Democratic Central Committee picnic a day later, the biggest catch was Orioles tickets donated by House of Delegates candidate Paul D. Muldowney. The box seats, eight rows back, went for $160.


Clinton scandal hurts local Dems

When the president of the United States is a member of your political party, it can make the job of registering voters much easier.

But when that president is embroiled in an embarrassing scandal, the job can be much harder.

"I think it has an effect with new registration," said Rick Hemphill, chairman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee.

The Democrats' once-commanding lead in registration in Washington County eroded during the 1980s and 1990s. Republicans now hold a slight edge.

Hemphill said the GOP benefited from years of having Republican presidents.

But President Clinton's admission that he had an improper relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has made it harder to convince local voters to register as Democrats, Hemphill said.

"I've heard voters say, 'I'm not going to register Democrat because of Clinton,'" he said.

But Hemphill said he thinks registration trends are cyclical.

He said he still supports Clinton and believes Democrats will remain strong because the party better represents the interests of average Americans.

Baby Poole joins team

Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, welcomed his newest supporter last week.

The delegate's wife, Kathy, gave birth on Aug. 18 to their first child.

David Graham Poole weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

The boy's first name is the same as that of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His middle name is Kathy's maiden name, said Poole, who is campaigning for a fourth term.

Deadline looms for absentees

Voters who are physically unable to go to the polls or who will be out of town on Sept. 15 have until Sept. 8 to apply for an absentee ballot.

Applications can be mailed or a qualifying voter can go to the election office at 33 W. Washington Street, Suite 200, in Hagerstown, to vote there or be issued a ballot.

For information, call 301-791-3030.

- Brendan Kirby

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