On The Campaign Trail

September 08, 2010

Fun with a Clinton impersonator

Cort Meinelschmidt, a Republican state delegate candidate, is planning a campaign event around a man who mimics a prominent Democrat: Dale Leigh, a Bill Clinton impersonator.

The event will be at Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown, on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

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Meinelschmidt is challenging Democrat John P. Donoghue, the incumbent in Subdistrict 2C.

Gun groups collaborate

Four Maryland gun organizations have joined to recommend -- but not endorse -- candidates for state and federal offices in Tuesday's primary.

Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Shall Issue, the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, and the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc. collaborated on the picks, which are based solely on Second Amendment issues:


o 6th District Congress: Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett

o State Senate, District 1: Republican George C. Edwards; District 3: Republican Alex X. Mooney

o State delegate, Subdistrict 1C: Republican LeRoy E. Myers Jr.; Subdistrict 2A: Republicans Denny Stouffer and William Joseph Wivell; o Subdistrict 2B: Republican Neil Parrott; Subdistrict 2C: Democrat John P. Donoghue and Republican Cort Meinelschmidt; Subdistrict 3B: Charles A. Jenkins

For the District 2 state Senate race, the groups say Donald F. Munson and Christopher B. Shank both are good candidates, so voters should consider other criteria, such as experience and past performance. The same is true for Republican gubernatorial candidates Robert L. Ehrlich and Brian Murphy.

Ray Givens, president of the Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, said his group, on its own, will make local endorsements for the general election.

Political dogs

Even dogs are showing interest in the Republican primary between Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank.

A Munson newspaper ad on Sunday showed a picture of Bonnie Lou, a Golden retriever, wearing glasses, supposedly reading a campaign piece mailed by Shank.

"Even I know a piece of fiction when I read it," the ad read. "I wonder what nonsense will be in my mailbox next?"

Bonnie Lou is a service dog belonging to Sandra Funk, a Munson supporter, who took the picture.

Whether by coincidence or competition, Shank also recently worked a Golden retriever into his campaign.

His Facebook page has a few pictures of Cody, who belongs to Shank supporter Linda Altizer.

It's hard to tell what's going on in one thumbnail photo, but according to Shank, it shows Cody "smooching" him.

Candidates denounce 'lawsuit abuse'

Four local candidates for state office are on a list of those pledging to "Stop Lawsuit Abuse."

A group called Maryland Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse has circulated a list of 31 candidates who signed on to their cause -- ending frivolous lawsuits.

Local candidates who pledged are:

o Republican Ted Brennan, running for Subdistrict 2B state delegate

o Republican Michael Hough, running for Subdistrict 3B state delegate

o Republican Alex X. Mooney, the incumbent state senator in District 3

o Republican Denny Stouffer, running for Subdistrict 2A state delegate

A luau for Becker

Subdistrict 2A state delegate candidate Neil Becker, a Democrat, is hosting a luau as a campaign fundraising event Sept. 18.

It will be at the Knights of Columbus picnic pavilion on Leitersburg Pike. There will be food, drinks, music and authentic Polynesian dancers.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, and are free for children 5 and younger.

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