On the Campaign Trail

August 16, 2010

Against the stimulus, for the C&O

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., has voted and spoken against federal stimulus spending measures.

Yet, his chief of staff, Bud Otis, standing in for him, was among the dignitaries and speakers at the Aug. 7 celebration of the start of repairs to the Big Slackwater section of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Stimulus money is covering about 75 percent of the $17.2 million project.

Andrew Duck, who attended the event and is one of two Democrats running for Bartlett's seat, criticized Bartlett in a news release two days later.

"Congressman Bartlett's office appears to have overcome their opposition just in time to take advantage of this event to garner a photo opportunity and deceive Maryland's Sixth District voters into believing that he supported the funding for this sorely needed infrastructure improvement."


Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said the congressman was invited because of his long-standing support for the C&O Canal.

She said Bartlett votes for spending based on whether it's "in the best interest of the country."

However, "once the spending is approved, he works very hard to get the highest possible share of spending for his district," Wright said.

Tires slashed

A campaign coordinator for state delegate candidate Neil Parrott had her tires slashed Aug. 9 in Boonsboro.

Susannah Warner, the coordinator, was on Knode Circle, which is near the high school, according to a report made to Boonsboro Police.

Warner said she was in someone's house for about 15 minutes to talk about a fundraiser. When she came outside, her two right tires were slashed and no other vehicles on the cul-de-sac were damaged, she said.

Parrott doesn't know who did it, but he thinks politics were involved.

"I'm sure it's related to the campaign," he said.

Parrott and Ted Brennan are competing in a Sept. 14 Republican primary. Brien J. Poffenberger is the only Democratic candidate.

Murphy, Jenkins on tour

Brian Murphy, a Republican running for governor, has announced a tour of Maryland with Frederick County (Md.) Sheriff Charles A. "Chuck" Jenkins to talk about immigration.

Murphy supports Arizona's attempt to curb illegal immigration and a federal program, called 287(g), that lets counties enforce immigration laws locally.

Jenkins, who is using the federal program in Frederick County, said he supports Murphy for his immigration stance.

Their first town hall meeting will be Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion at 1450 Taney Ave. in Frederick. Other meetings will be announced.

Registration deadline

The deadline to register for Maryland's Sept. 14 primary election is Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. A voter application sent through the mail must be postmarked by that day.

People unsure if they're registered to vote can check at or contact the Washington County Board of Elections at 240-313-2050.

-- Andrew Schotz

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