Campaign Notes/Nelson resigns from GOP committee

July 22, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

The Washington County Republican Central Committee finds itself with a second vacancy to fill going into the busy campaign season.

Vikki Nelson resigned last week, saying she needs to devote her time to running for Washington County Commissioner.

Earlier this year, Nelson refused to resign even though the committee felt her candidacy - then for the Maryland General Assembly - conflicted with the committee's bylaws, which say "any member running against another Republican should resign from the central committee."

Committee member Paul Toothman had resigned when he filed for County Commissioner.

Committee Chairwoman Mildred "Mickey" Myers declined to comment on Nelson's resignation.

The central committee will consider filling one or both vacancies at its Aug. 8 meeting, she said.

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

Mooney, Hecht spar over voting record

Three weeks after pledging to keep her campaign honest, Del. Sue Hecht was caught in a questionable characterization of Sen. Alex X. Mooney's voting record.


In a fund-raising letter to Republicans, Hecht said her opponent voted against the final 2 percent of a 10-percent income tax cut.

But Mooney was clearly on the record as supporting the income tax cut when he voted against an amendment that would have delayed the cut.

When asked to explain, Hecht said Mooney voted against both the operating budget and the budget reconciliation and financing act. Without those two pieces of legislation, there would have been no income tax cut.

"You can't rewrite history just because now it doesn't look good," she said.

Mooney was just as adamant about his position, leaking a copy of the letter to the Maryland Taxpayers Association, which accused Hecht of "maliciously misrepresenting" Mooney's voting record.

"Senator Mooney has been tireless in supporting the cause of lower taxes and a healthier regulatory climate," Association President Kenneth R. Timmerman said in a prepared statement.

Candidate enjoys successful fund-raiser

LeRoy E. Myers Jr. sold about 800 tickets to a picnic fund-raiser held Saturday near Hagerstown, his campaign said last week.

Myers, a Republican, is trying to unseat House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany.

It was the first major campaign event since a court-ordered redistricting plan put Myers' Clear Spring home into Taylor's district, which stretches from Cumberland to Huyetts Crossroads.

"We figure that this will be sort of a show of strength that we feel real good about," said Corey Stottlemyer, Myers' campaign manager.

Tickets to the fund-raiser cost $15 for adults. Children 16 and under were admitted free.

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