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On the Campaign Trail

August 04, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

GOP committee members dispute Hough's theory



State delegate candidate Mike Hough has a theory on imminent turnover on the Washington County Republican Central Committee.

Hough and incumbent Charles A. Jenkins are competing this year in a GOP primary in Subdistrict 3B, which is mostly in Frederick County and partly in Washington County.

In January, shortly after Richard B. Weldon Jr. resigned as delegate, the two counties' GOP central committees met to recommend a replacement. They hoped to agree, but Washington County selected Jenkins and Frederick County picked Hough.

Given two choices, Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Jenkins. Hough accused the committees of ceding their duty to O'Malley, a Democrat.

Hough now suggests backlash over the split has surfaced. He said all four Washington County committee members who voted for him are running again, but only one of the five Jenkins supporters is.

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Hough said some Washington County Republicans were angry about the split and pressured Jenkins supporters, possibly causing them not to run again.

Not so, said committee member Sue Stouffer, who is running again. She likened Hough's theory to crying over spilled milk.

"You've got to be kidding," said Philip Baker-Shenk, a committee member who isn't running again. He said Hough's theory isn't worth a response.

In a recent letter to the editor, Baker-Shenk wrote that 10 years is enough for him on the committee and it's time for someone else to serve.

Paula Lampton, the current committee chairwoman, gave a similar answer for leaving the committee after 10 years. She said she's also busy with her five grandchildren.

"I'm sorry to disappoint Mike," Lampton wrote, "but there is absolutely nothing to his theory."

Stouffer, Baker-Shenk and Lampton wouldn't confirm Hough's assertion that they voted for Jenkins.

Committee member Mildred "Mickey" Myers, who said she voted for Hough, also scoffed at his theory.

"To my knowledge, there's no validity to that," she said.

Parrott party



State delegate candidate Neil Parrott is throwing himself a campaign birthday party.

He turned 40 on July 30, but Parrott and supporters will celebrate Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Family Recreation Park, 21036 National Pike, east of Hagerstown.

Tickets ($40 a person, $75 a couple) are available at http://www.neilparrottfordelegate.org or 240-319-0293.

Parrott and Ted Brennan are competing in a Republican primary in Subdistrict 2B. Brien J. Poffenberger is the only Democrat in the race.

Young Republicans, free pizza



Washington County's Young Republicans will give away free pizza on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the party headquarters on Oak Ridge Drive, next to Fratelli Pizzeria & Grill in the South Pointe Shopping Center. Local and state candidates have been invited to speak.

Shank has campaign HQ and website



Christopher B. Shank now has a headquarters and a website for his state Senate campaign.

The campaign office is at 8305 Old National Pike in Boonsboro. It will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

His website is http://www.shankforsenate.com.

Shank, a three-term state delegate, is running for state Senate against incumbent Donald F. Munson, who is seeking a sixth term. They will face off in a Republican primary Sept. 14.

-- Andrew Schotz

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"On The Campaign Trail" will run periodically. Send campaign news and tips to Andrew Schotz at andrews@herald-mail.com. For information about local, state and federal candidates who have filed to run in the coming election, go to http://www.herald-mail.com and click on "Tristate Elections."

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