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Duck served at Dems' picnic

June 22, 2006|by TARA REILLY

BOONSBORO

The South County Democratic Club picnic had a unified message Wednesday: Government is broken and Democrats can fix it.

The Democrats called for change in all levels of government.

Several candidates for federal, state and local offices attended the packed picnic at Shafer Memorial Park, hoping to win the votes of fellow Democrats.

While duck wasn't on the menu, a huge cutout of the bird placed in the bed of a pickup truck reminded attendees of Andrew Duck, one of the candidates running for U.S. Congress in Maryland's 6th District.

A sign on the "Duck Truck" stated, "We thank AFLAC for running all those TV ads reminding people of Duck for Congress."

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Duck served 20 years in the U.S. Army, was commissioned as a military intelligence officer and served on the ground in Iraq in 2003.

"I think the country is headed in the wrong direction on so many issues," Duck said.

Duck called for an end to what he described as a U.S. policy to use torture as an interrogation method in the war.

"That policy has just fueled the recruiting of new insurgents," Duck said.

Barry Kissin, a Frederick, Md., attorney, who also is running as a Democrat for Congress in Maryland's 6th District, called the war in Iraq immoral and a U.S. attempt to conquer the Middle Eastern country and its oil.

"It is immoral every day we spend there," Kissin said.

He said the U.S. never should have gone to war, and that it was bankrupting the country and killing Americans.

Josh Rales, who is running for U.S. Senate, said he has written health care and energy plans, and hopes to release an education plan next week.

"Our system is broken, and we need people from outside with different experience to fix it," Rales said.

Rales, a Potomac, Md., real estate investor, said he would push to balance the federal budget and lessen the country's dependence on foreign oil.

The pavilion erupted with applause when Donna Brightman, a candidate for a seat on the Washington County Commissioners, called for change on the five-member all-Republican board. All seats are open in the upcoming election.

"We need to put some Democrats in the County Commissioner seats this fall," Brightman said.

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