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Washington Co. Republicans say "NObama"

August 28, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

SMITHSBURG -- Washington County Republicans, predicting an easy victory for Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in the 6th District congressional race, have turned their attention to electing John McCain the next president of the United States.

"We're very excited about electing John McCain," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington. "This is a very close race. But McCain is head and shoulders above (Barack) Obama."

More than 225 people attended the Washington County Republican Club picnic Wednesday at Lions Community Park for fellowship, food and fundraising, club President Jeff Cline said.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, said Republicans were focused on electing the "correct candidates."

Bartlett, an eight-term congressman, is opposed by Democratic candidate Jennifer Dougherty. At the Democrats' annual picnic last week, Dougherty said she would be willing to debate Bartlett on "his turf," and mentioned the possibility of a "gun club of his choosing," The Herald-Mail reported.

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During Wednesday's event, Bartlett declined to comment on that offer.

"That would be my turf ... the Second Amendment," he said while laughing.

Shank predicted an easy win for Bartlett in the 6th District race. Shank, who is an alternate delegate, will be going to the Republican National Convention in September.

Shank said Obama tends to "whine about how bad things are," while McCain is a hero and a proud American.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, predicted that Washington County voters would elect McCain based on past elections. He said the last Democrat that county voters elected was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

"I would expect that to continue," Munson said.

Munson admitted that with a stalled economy, it will be more difficult for Republican candidates to win in November.

"The party in power always gets the blame when the economy is bad," he said.

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