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Capito's challenger opens office in Eastern Panhandle

June 27, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Mike Callaghan, the former federal prosecutor challenging Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito in the November general election, celebrated the opening of his campaign headquarters Monday in downtown Martinsburg.

A Democrat, Callaghan was joined by Berkeley County Commission candidate Ryan B. Frankenberry, Morgan County House of Delegates candidate Gary Lee Nelson, Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel and former Berkeley County Commissioner Robert Burkhart, among other supporters, at 123 S. Queen St. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Callaghan said he expects to equally divide his time between the Martinsburg office and another campaign headquarters in Charleston, W.Va.

"America needs to be put back on the right path," Callaghan said in brief remarks. The 43-year-old Richwood, W.Va., native said he felt his chances for defeating Capito in the 2nd District Congressional race were good.

"The wind is at the back of Democrats," he said.

Assisted by Frankenberry and others, Callaghan manned a Coleman grill loaded with hot dogs for those gathered and minutes later cut a glittery red ribbon to open the office.

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"It should have been blue," Callaghan said.

A date for the opening of Capito's campaign headquarters in the 100 block of North Queen Street, on the opposite side from Callaghan's, has not been set, a representative with her office said Monday.

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