New party affiliation a hit with Townsend

July 15, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

When the Washington County Commissioners met with Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend about two years ago, Commissioner Bert Iseminger informed her that he had abandoned the Republican Party to become an Independent.

She joked at the time that Iseminger got it "half right."

Last week, when Iseminger greeted Townsend at the future site of the University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, he made sure to tell her that he is now a Democrat.

"I finally got it right," he told her.

Iseminger says he became a Democrat because his views more closely match the party and he wanted to be able to get the attention of the state's elected officials, most of whom are Democrats.

Townsend wished him luck in his upcoming re-election bid.

Candidate, not party, important to Moller

Shortly before Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend arrived in Hagerstown last week, an advance worker pasted a "Townsend for governor" campaign sticker on City Councilwoman Carol Moller's lapel.


Moller, a Republican, said she didn't mind wearing the sticker to welcome Townsend, a Democrat.

She explained that Eisenhower was president when she registered to vote with the GOP. Over the years, she has always voted for the candidate and not the party.

Candidate outlines reform on Web site

Campaign literature takes many forms. Buttons, stickers and now - in the Internet age - Web sites.

But Washington County Commissioner candidate Harold "Hal" Phillips has taken the art to a whole new level with a 29-page dossier on county issues.

In it, Phillips outlines a detailed reform plan for county government. To back up his positions, he attaches reams of local statistics on things such as income levels and debt service.

"I want to get elected with the citizens knowing exactly what I'm going to do," he said.

Phillips has been handing out the packets to people in the community. He has also posted the information on his Web site,

Voting scorecard available online

What's good for the environment is bad for business, and vice versa.

That seems to be the conclusion of legislative scorecards released recently by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Maryland Business for Responsive Government.

The pro-business group gave Republican Sen. Alex X. Mooney the highest rating in the Senate, 93 percent. By comparison, his Democratic challenger, Del. Sue Hecht, got a 64 percent, the lowest among lawmakers in Frederick and Washington counties.

On the other hand, the environmental group gave Hecht a 71 percent rating for her record on the environment, which was the highest of any lawmaker in Frederick and Washington counties. Mooney scored 8 percent.

For a detailed list of the votes that led to the scores, see each organization's Web site: and

County GOPcommittee seeks new member

The Washington County Republican Central Committee is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the committee.

The nine-member committee is one person short because Paul Toothman resigned when he filed to run for County Commissioner.

While the appointee will only serve until the Nov. 5 election, it's important to fill the slot because this is the committee's busiest time, Chairwoman Mildred "Mickey" Myers said.

There is also a chance that the new person could be reappointed for a four-year term. Only eight people filed to run for nine spots on the Central Committee this fall.

Interested Republicans should send a letter of interest and brief resume to Myers at P.O. Box 297, Smithsburg, MD 21783.

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