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Mooney, Hecht spar over phone survey

September 09, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Sen. Alex X. Mooney's challenger in the Nov. 5 election says his campaign is spreading misleading information about her through phone calls disguised as a survey.

But Mooney's campaign says the phone calls to 300 random voters were part of a legitimate research survey.

Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, condemned what she characterized as a "push poll," allegedly done in late August.

Phone call recipients told Hecht they were asked questions that distorted Hecht's attendance record as well as her positions on gay rights and medical use of marijuana.

"It's the sign of a desperate campaign when the candidate resorts to these negative tactics," Hecht said.

Erin DeLullo, campaign manager for Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, said she would release the questions if Hecht revealed questions from a poll conducted on her behalf about a month ago.

Hecht Campaign Manager Sue Tuckwell said Democratic party officials may have done polls but she did not have access to the questions.

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Glendening contribution sparks more discussion



A hefty campaign contribution from the governor is proof that Del. Sue Hecht "stands with the liberal tax-and-spend alliance in Maryland," Sen. Alex X. Mooney's campaign said last week.

Hecht has received $2,500 from Gov. Parris Glendening, campaign finance reports show.

"Glendening is paying back Sue Hecht for her rubber stamp support for his tax-and-spend liberal programs the last eight years. She's the Parris Glendening of Frederick County," said Erin DeLullo, campaign manager for Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, who is trying to unseat the first-term senator in the Nov. 5 election, said he is distorting the facts about Maryland's financial condition.

"Instead of whining about a $2,500 contribution I received from a fellow Democrat, Alex should be worrying about why I'm getting even larger donations from local Republicans," Hecht said.




Candidate profiles available on Web site



Voters might be feeling overwhelmed by the large number of candidates - 13 Republicans and eight Democrats - they have to choose from in Tuesday's Washington County Commissioner primary election.

For a last-minute cram session, you might want to check out profiles of the candidates on The Herald-Mail Web site. Go to www.herald-mail.com and click on "Election 2002."




McKee must appeal to have fine expunged



Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, must appeal to the State Board of Elections to get a mistaken $250 fine wiped from his record.

Even though McKee has documents that show he filed the November 2001 campaign finance report on time, the late fee stands until it is cleared by the state board, said Terry Holliday, deputy director of the election board's division of candidacy and campaign finance.

McKee never even knew there was a problem with the report until he was contacted by a reporter last month.

Holliday said McKee never got a notice about the fine because that part of the computer software has not been working.

Other candidates have complained about difficulties with the state's electronic campaign finance system.




County political offices open in Hagerstown



Now that the primary election is here, Republican and Democratic party officials in Washington County are kicking their election operations into high gear.

Republican headquarters is located at 138 W. Washington St. Its phone number is 301-739-2118.

Democrats have re-established their headquarters at 10 N. Jonathan St. They can be reached at 301-797-4385.

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