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Bruchey denies saying he was misrepresented in press

March 25, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Former Hagerstown Mayor Robert Bruchey denied Wednesday that he told a current councilman he was misrepresented in news reports earlier this month.

Bruchey said earlier this month that he intends to run for mayor next year.

During a comment period during the City Council's Tuesday voting session, Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire mentioned a conversation he had with Bruchey.

"I said a couple weeks ago that I was concerned with some comments that the former mayor had made in regards to a lack of leadership that he perceives exists in this city currently," Aleshire said.

"And I appreciate the former mayor's phone call and our discussion of maybe some misrepresentation of the - of his statements that were provided to the paper," Aleshire said.

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Contacted Wednesday, Bruchey said that was a small part of his conversation with Aleshire. "We talked more about what's wrong and how it can be fixed," Bruchey said.

"I never said that I was misrepresented," Bruchey said.

Bruchey said he told Aleshire that "my comments (to The Herald-Mail) weren't directed at the council. My comments were directed at the lack of leadership from the mayor's office."

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