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Metzner responds to 'pander' remark

April 13, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS and BRIAN SHAPPELL

Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Tuesday he doesn't like the word "panders" if it refers to him.

During a City Council meeting, Metzner spoke about Republican mayoral candidate Richard F. Trump's response to a question posed to Trump by The Herald-Mail.

In the response published Friday, Trump mentioned private meetings between Metzner, fellow Councilman Kristin B. Aleshire and Washington County Commissioners Doris J. Nipps and James F. Kercheval on issues shared by the city and county governments.

Trump wrote, in part: "This two-on-two stuff that the city administration panders is getting nowhere."

Metzner on Tuesday read a 61/2-page response to Trump's use of the word, saying that it can be construed in both the sense of prostitution or in unsavory politics.

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"The way 'pander' is used by Mr. Trump is insulting at best. ... As long as any person spreads lies and falsehoods in the public about me ... I will use this forum to refute them," Metzner said, referring to the council meetings.

Trump said he was apologetic to those he offended but wasn't "sorry for the words I used."

"I'm sorry Lew took it that way," Trump said.

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