On the Campaign Trail

July 23, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Two candidate events next week

o The Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs has invited county, state and federal candidates to a forum Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Potomac Fish & Game Club, off Spielman Road, at the end of Falling Waters Road, south of Williamsport. The event is open to the public.

Candidates will not give speeches, but there will be two guest speakers.

"Dress is casual. No Ties," a notice about the event says. "We'll be there to get to know each other, talk politics, and in general have a good time at a great location."

o The Washington County Republican Club has invited all candidates to speak Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

Each candidate will have up to 10 minutes to speak. There will be a Q&A session at the end. The public is invited.


Paul and Bartlett together

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is scheduled to be at a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., on Monday at Martins of Walkersville, 79 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, Md.

Tickets are $125 for the dinner and $500 for dinner, a VIP reception and a photo of both congressmen. The RSVP number is 240-446-0077.

Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said Paul and Bartlett must be in Washington, D.C., for a 6:30 p.m. vote and might get to the event between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

Bartlett is seeking a 10th two-year term. He has four Republican opponents. Two Democrats, a Libertarian and a Constitution Party candidate also are running.

Munson's immigration statement

At a Hagerstown TEA Party forum on Tuesday, Xanthy Munson-Hoover, the daughter of and campaign manager for state Sen. Donald F. Munson, briefly spoke on her father's behalf during a debate over one of his votes.

She also held a written statement from him, which she thought she would have a chance to read or submit, but instead provided to The Herald-Mail.

Donald Munson said Wednesday that his daughter wrote the statement for him because she's well aware of his views. The statement says:

"I am not a supporter of illegal immigration or anything illegal. To support illegal activity of any kind flies in the face of everything I believe in and work against.

"Currently, there is a system in place to become a legal citizen of Maryland, if people who go through that process successfully are welcome in the U.S. If not, then the individual(s) need to return to his or her country of origin.

"I support the Rhode Island Executive Order and the legislation passed by the good people of Arizona. I would sponsor similar legislation if that is the will of my constituents."

Munson is seeking a sixth Senate term. Del. Christopher B. Shank, who has made an issue of Munson's position on illegal immigration, is challenging him in the GOP primary.

-- Andrew Schotz


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