On the campaign trail

May 31, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Krysztoforski goes virtual

Joseph T. Krysztoforski, a Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett for the 6th District congressional seat for the third time, held his first virtual town hall meeting on May 12. He wrote in an e-mail that 28 people participated. The topics included the health care bill, immigration, national security and the economy.

Krysztoforski wrote that there were "minor technical difficulties" he hopes to resolve before the next session, which will be Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

People can register for the session under the "Events" section at

Bartlett has used virtual town hall meetings, too.

Sign freedom

Delegate candidate Neil Parrott is making use of Washington County's new freedom for political signs.

The county used to allow campaign signs no more than 45 days before an election and required that they be taken down within 15 days after an election.

Within the past year or two, the American Civil Liberties Union pointed to a court ruling striking down similar limits as a free-speech infringement. The county eliminated its time reference.


With primary day four months away, Parrott, a Republican running for the Subdistrict 2B seat, has put up a few signs on posts.

Washington County and Hagerstown officials said their ordinances don't regulate political sign size, either -- a battle under way in Baltimore County.

Local and state governments will intervene if signs near the road pose a hazard. The State Highway Administration will remove signs in rights-of-way along highways or byways.

Asked if the state minds that Parrott's signs have a green background and white lettering, similar to official road signs, SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said it's not an issue.

Say what?

Political candidates who hold outdoor events run into one thing they can't control: street noise.

Subdistrict 2B delegate candidate Brien J. Poffenberger, a Democrat, experienced that twice during Wednesday's campaign kickoff.

He was interrupted by loud motorcycles as he made a point about "the power structure in Maryland."

"...Many of whom ride motorcycles," he segued.

Then, a car alarm beeped repeatedly as Poffenberger talked about his qualifications to be delegate.

In a deadpan transition, he said, "We're going to start with car alarms -- outlawing all car alarms."

A few seconds later, the noise stopped.

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