Campaign notes

October 23, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Thousands of brochures discarded

In a section about immigration reform, an election brochure printed by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's campaign says: "Last year, 23% of babies born in hospitals in the United States had a parent who was an illegal alien."

The statement is not attributed in the brochure, but Bartlett campaign consultant Jim Dornan said the source was the Center for Immigration Studies.

After an inquiry by The Herald-Mail, Dornan also acknowledged that the statement is wrong.

Actually, a report posted at the CIS Web site says: "We have previously estimated from birth records that there were 380,000 births to illegal aliens in 2002, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all births in the United States."

A separate report says: "In 2002, 23 percent of all births in the United States were to immigrant mothers (legal or illegal) ...."


After The Herald-Mail called Bartlett's campaign for the source of the information, Dornan said the campaign realized it had made a mistake. He said a campaign staffer misread the information when preparing the brochure.

As a result, "we trashed 40,000 brochures," he said.

Although it will cost the campaign about $12,000 to reprint the brochure - after "scrubbing" the rest of it for accuracy - the choice to do that was clear, Dornan said.

"One thing that Roscoe is very keen on is being straightforward," he said.

Group to host BOE candidates

Candidates for Washington County Board of Education have been invited to appear at a forum at Boonsboro High School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The school's Citizens Advisory Council is holding the forum. The audience may ask questions.

Light refreshments will be served.

To get to the forum, turn from Md. 66 onto the campus road, then make an immediate right into the parking lot. Enter the school near the two portable classrooms and look for signs to the cafeteria.

No flaws?

In a departure from standard issue-oriented questions, four state delegate candidates at Thursday's forum at Hagerstown Community College were asked to talk about leadership and whether they'd break ranks with constituents' views.

Each candidate also was asked: What is the most important misperception the public might have of you?

The two incumbents - Republican LeRoy E. Myers Jr. and Democrat John P. Donoghue - couldn't think of examples and focused on their strengths.

Myers' challenger, Brian K. Grim, talked about his age - 27 years old - and his preparedness.

Republican Paul Muldowney, running against Donoghue, broke up the audience with the beginning of his answer: "When I look at myself in the mirror, I think I'm perfect."

Roundup of views

The Herald-Mail will publish a voters' guide Sunday. It will include candidates' responses to questions from the newspaper. Several local races will be covered.

Information about candidates also can be found at Under the "News" heading, go to "Election Guides."

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