WASHINGTON COUNTY - A Republican soundly defeated by U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in February's primary said he's been asked to run as an independent in the general election.
However, Maryland law prevents Joseph T. Krysztoforski from appearing on the general-election ballot after losing a primary.
According to e-mails from Krysztoforski's campaign, people backing U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, want Krysztoforski to face Bartlett again.
The group collected 4,200 petition signatures, Krysztoforski said.
"They now have more than (enough) signatures to have his name placed on the ballot," former Krysztoforski communications director John Fabroso wrote in an e-mail.
In another e-mail, Krysztoforski campaign director Fran Berni wrote, "He reminded the group, that to place his name on the ballot, he would have to obtain a minimum of 4,100 signatures on a candidacy petition and file it with the Board of Elections by COB (close of business) August 1."