Campaign notes for 10-7

October 07, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, took a brief break from the campaign trail last week to welcome the birth of his son, Caleb Alexander Shank.

Cindy Shank gave birth to the couple's first child at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. Caleb weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.

"He's just a beautiful baby boy. Having a little son really changes your whole perspective on things," Chris Shank said.

Shank took the weekend off to adjust to fatherhood and then gradually got back to work last week.

After all, he has to keep up his guard. Four years ago, Shank beat incumbent D. Bruce Poole, who also became a father shortly before the election.

Shank is running for re-election in District 2B against pharmacist David Russo, a Democrat, in the Nov. 5 election.

Taylor headlining Perini fund-raising event

House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, is headlining a fund-raiser for fellow Democrat Peter E. Perini Sr. on Oct. 16.


But Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, Perini's opponent in November, claimed Taylor already tacitly endorsed him for the District 2A seat last month.

At an event at Fort Frederick, McKee said Taylor referred to the upcoming legislative session in January, "When Bob and I go back to Annapolis."

"I thanked the speaker for his wonderful endorsement," McKee said.

Taylor could not be reached for comment.

McKee also suggested the $150 price of Perini's fund-raiser is inflated, fetching prices more comparable to a candidate for Congress than the State House.

Perini spokeswoman Carrol Van Stone said the ticket price is not exorbitant.

"We're excited about the fund-raiser," she said. It will be attended by Perini's supporters and the money will be used to reach out to voters who are less familiar with his platform, she said.

Steele expected at fund-raiser for Shank

Michael Steele, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is scheduled to appear at a fund-raiser Tuesday for Del. Christopher B. Shank.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Country Club.

Steele is the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich.

Tickets are $35 a person or $60 per couple.

Frederick teachers show support for Hecht

Frederick County, Md., teachers are backing Del. Sue Hecht over incumbent Alex X. Mooney in the District 3 state Senate race.

And Hecht, a Democrat, said she expects that an endorsement from the Washington County Teachers Association is not far behind.

"Sue Hecht has been a consistent voice for our schools and our children. She votes to bring in the tools we need to meet higher standards and give our children the education they deserve and our community demands," Nancy Dietz, president of the Frederick County Teachers Association, said in a letter.

Meanwhile, Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, has been trying hard to reach out to voters who are concerned about education.

He's been running television and radio ads touting an amendment he proposed that shifted excess lottery money from the horse-racing industry to education.

Although the amendment passed the Senate, it never made it into law.

Hecht defends votes on Second Amendment

Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, distributed campaign literature last month telling voters, "I respect our Second Amendment rights."

But a gun-rights organization said her voting record doesn't reflect that.

"Sue Hecht respects our Second Amendment like Bill Clinton respects the sanctity of marriage: each gives lip service in public that doesn't match their deeds in the back rooms of government," said Jim Purtilo of Tripwire.

The Beltsville, Md.-based group said Hecht co-sponsored three bills that would have required police to confiscate firearms from people who are never accused of a crime or given their day in court to oppose the action.

She co-sponsored a 1996 bill, now law, that bans private transfer of handguns and prohibits ordinary citizens from buying more than one regulated firearm per month, Purtilo said.

Hecht said she has always failed Tripwire's standards, but defended her support of gun-safety measures.

"I am with the majority of the constituents on this issue. I vote the way they expect me to vote," she said.

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