Hecht lobs shot at would-be opponent

March 04, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Del. Sue Hecht, R-Frederick/Washington, hasn't yet declared her intention to run for the Senate, but her campaign manager fired a shot last week at would-be opponent Sen. Alex X. Mooney.

Sue Tuckwell said a letter Mooney wrote in January to fire and rescue groups was hypocritical.

After voting against a car registration surcharge last year to raise money for a fire and rescue services fund, Mooney's letter asks rescue volunteers to help stop Gov. Parris Glendening from raiding from their fund to balance the budget.

"Now he wants everybody to think he's rallying behind the fire and rescue groups," Tuckwell said.

Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, said he has been consistent. Although he was the only local lawmaker to vote against the fee increase, he has said all along that the governor should have set aside more general fund money for fire and rescue.

If anything, the people who voted for the tax increase should be kicking themselves because a year later the state may use the money for other purposes, he said.


"They sold 'em a bill of false goods," Mooney said.

ANNAPOLIS - The governor's office says it is powerless to take Richard Regan off the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, but a local lawmaker isn't giving up on his push for removal.

Del. Christopher B. Shank said Gov. Parris Glendening should ask for the resignation of Regan, who has charged that the Boonsboro Warrior nickname is racist.

Glendening's spokesman has said political appointees can't be removed for expressing an opinion, even when it differs from the governor's.

But Shank, R-Washington, said Regan's remarks about Washington County were so offensive and inflammatory the governor should act.

"I think it says something that a governor's appointee is calling my constituents the poster child of racism. I don't think it's a question of opinion," Shank said.

ANNAPOLIS - The General Assembly passed a new law last year to specifically target aggressive drivers.

And the number of aggressive drivers charged under the law since October?

Three, according to Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Eastern Shore.

Baker brought up the statistic after a AAA lobbyist complained that the No. 1 concern on the highways is aggressive drivers.

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