Campaign notes for 6/10

June 10, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Mooney triying to link Hecht to smear tactics

Sen. Alex X. Mooney is still trying to link his political foe with a smear campaign against him.

Mooney put out a press release last week pointing out that two of the officers of the Defeat Mooney Committee are active in the United Democrats of Frederick County.

"It's amazing she's continually lied about knowing," said Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

In addition, a bulls-eye graphic from Del. Sue Hecht's campaign Web site showed up on

Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, maintains that the group is acting on its own accord.

"That was done without our knowledge and approval," Hecht said of the graphic, which she has since removed from her Web site,

Hecht had no comment about the Defeat Mooney Web site and said she hasn't even bothered to look it up.

"I've got too much work to do," she said.

Del. Shank to launch re-election bid today

Del. Christopher B. Shank will launch his re-election bid today, ending any speculation that he would run for a different office.


The announcement formally sets into motion a primary matchup between Shank and fellow Republican incumbent Del. Robert A. McKee.

When Gov. Parris Glendening redrew the election district boundaries this year, he put McKee and Shank in the same Washington County district.

Shortly after the plan became public, McKee filed for re-election and declared he would not move simply to avoid a showdown with Shank.

Shank didn't want to move either, saying that the district is comprised of 65 percent of his constituents.

Shank is wasting no time zeroing in on the 35 percent of the district that now belongs to McKee.

He's making his 10 a.m. announcement at the Williamsport American Legion, just down the road from McKee's district office.

Shank described it as an "old homecoming," because his grandparents grew up there.

"Williamsport, in many ways, is where my roots are," Shank said.

Hall heads committee backing Townsend

Kathleen Hall is heading up a 50-person Washington County steering committee working to get Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend elected governor this fall.

"I'm very proud to do so," said Hall, who first met Townsend while participating in Leadership Maryland in the mid 1990s.

Townsend brings out the best in people and inspires them to serve their communities, Hall said.

"She makes people want to work with her," she said.

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