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Muldowney wants to return as delegate to Annapolis

March 08, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

Paul Muldowney, a former Maryland state delegate, filed Monday to run against Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, the man who defeated him in a 1998 Democratic primary.

Muldowney switched his enrollment to Republican two years later.

In announcing his campaign Tuesday, Muldowney accused Donoghue of being "isolated" and "disengaged."

"I, along with a lot of other people, are not satisfied with the representation we've been getting," said Muldowney, 70, of 1001 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown.

Donoghue could not be reached for comment in Annapolis. Mary Anne Kuehn, who works for him, said Tuesday afternoon that he was in a meeting.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, Donoghue had not filed to run for re-election, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections' Web site.

The general election is Nov. 7.

Donoghue, 48, is nearing the end of his fourth four-year term. He is the chief deputy majority whip and a member of the Health and Government Operations Committee.

District 2C, which he represents, largely follows the Hagerstown city boundaries.

Muldowney criticized Donoghue's votes to force Wal-Mart to spend more money on employee health care and in favor of a medical malpractice tort reform bill that taxes HMOs.

Asked for examples of how Hagerstown could be served better in Annapolis, Muldowney said the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Dual Highway "should have been dealt with five years ago."

He also said he's "incensed" that North Hagerstown High School is the only school of its size in the state without its own stadium. A group is raising money from private and government sources to build one.

"The state of Maryland should be funding that entirely," he said. "That, to me, is a classic example of not getting involved in the issues that face the city of Hagerstown."

Donoghue submitted a $250,000 bond bill for a grant to the North Hagerstown athletic boosters toward construction of the stadium.

Muldowney, who served on the House Appropriations Committee, lost a Democratic primary to Bruce Poole in 1986 in his bid for a third term as delegate. Muldowney launched a write-in campaign for the general election that year and lost.

He also has run unsuccessfully for state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. All of those losses, he pointed out, were as a Democrat.

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