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Delegate District 1C: Cas Taylor

October 30, 2002|By

Republican LeRoy Myers may be the best candidate with the worst luck on the ballot. He filed to run for state delegate in a new district with no incumbent, but when the courts stepped in and redrew the lines, he found himself in the same district as Democratic House Speaker Cas Taylor of Cumberland, one of the most powerful men in Annapolis.

Rather than bow out, the Clear Spring contractor has plunged into the challenge full-bore, and a credible candidate he is. He's demonstrated the kind of organization and leadership skills that the Washington County delegation has so sorely craved since the days of Bruce Poole, Doc McClellan - and, of course, Cas Taylor.

Until the redistricting of 1992, Taylor served Washington County and served it well. He rebuilt Hancock from fires and floods, ensured Washington County's interests were represented in the state bureaucracy and was always there with the final little nudge to push our grant requests over the top.

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Now Taylor's district has been redrawn to cover a significant chunk of western Washington County, and he stands to represent us again after a decade-long absence.

Taylor has fallen on some politically rough times back home, and the cash-sucking Rocky Gap resort, the planned Little Orleans horse track and his stand on firearm trigger locks are being used against him with some success. Taylor's ties to special interests have always been questioned and he uncharacteristically embarrassed himself this campaign by using state resources at a political event.

Myers, one of those rare politicians with a distaste for negativity, has not exploited Taylor's problems, but instead has pitched his positive ideas for bringing jobs and progress to Washington County, while upholding its conservative ideals. This is a difficult race to call, but it boils down to potential versus proven track record.

Win or lose, we would strongly encourage Myers to continue with his political foray. But again and again, even when he did not represent Washington County, Taylor has been there when we've needed him. He's Speaker of the House and obviously in a great position to again lend us a hand. For all his attributes, Myers would be starting at the bottom of the ladder in the minority party. It would be folly to reject a man of such great influence and proven care as Taylor.

Loyalty still counts for something in this world. Taylor has never turned his back on us, and we believe we should not turn our backs on Taylor.

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