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On the Campaign Trail

July 25, 2010

Kind words for both, but one endorsement



Del. Charles A. Jenkins, R-Frederick/Washington, got a campaign boost recently when former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. endorsed him at the annual Ag Expo at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Ehrlich joked about his two friends -- a cow he just met and Jenkins, who "I'm going to be working with for the next four years in Annapolis."

Ehrlich said Jenkins, a former Frederick County commissioner, has important local experience.

"I'm very pleased to support Charles," Ehrlich said.

A July 18 news release on Jenkins' campaign website quotes Ehrlich saying, "I am pleased to endorse Delegate Charles Jenkins for election to the House of Delegates."

Four days later, Michael Hough, Jenkins' opponent in the GOP primary, sent an e-mail titled "Ehrlich Announced his support for Michael Hough."

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The e-mail has a video clip of Ehrlich saying he "supports" Hough.

With traffic noise behind him, Ehrlich talked about the importance of having legislators who understand businesses and creating jobs

Hough, a former aide for Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, also understands the legislative process, Ehrlich said.

"I'm very happy to talk you up, my friend," Ehrlich said to Hough. "I wish you well."

Ehrlich campaign spokesman Andy Barth said both candidates were correct in their news releases. Ehrlich spoke favorably about both candidates, but endorsed Jenkins, Barth said.

Serafini launching campaign



Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, is kicking off his 2010 campaign at his home at 13918 Marsh Pike, north of Hagerstown, on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

"Come for dessert and volunteer opportunities," his event advertisement says.

Serafini has two opponents in the Sept. 14 GOP primary -- William J. Wivell and Denny Stouffer. The sole Democrat in the race is Neil Becker.

Brennan holding reception



State delegate candidate Ted Brennan is holding a fundraising reception Aug. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Road. Tickets cost $50 apiece or people may donate as a "sponsor" and receive two tickets.

Brennan and Neil Parrott are competing in a GOP primary for the Subdistrict 2B delegate seat. Brien J. Poffenberger is the only Democratic candidate.

Munson campaign takes in $20,000



At a July 22 fundraiser at Hager Hall, state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, took in at least $20,000 for his campaign, according to Xanthy Munson-Hoover, his daughter and campaign manager.

She said about 125 to 150 people attended. U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who has endorsed Munson, was among them.

Munson-Hoover said additional checks were coming in and hadn't been counted yet.

-- Andrew Schotz

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