On the Campaign Trail

September 18, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A Democrat on the menu

Candidates often are grilled, but not like this.

On Wednesday, Captain Benders Tavern in Sharpsburg plans to unveil its PoffenBURGER, named after Democratic state delegate candidate Brien J. Poffenberger.

Poffenberger's campaign sent a press release Thursday about the new menu choice. It quotes tavern owner Steve Kemmet: "The two 8-oz patties give you a full pound of beef, cooked the way you like it and topped with your favorite toppings. The only way to get more meat is to shoot it yourself!"

It also quoted Poffenberger joking, "It's a lot of food because I will need my strength to take on those politicians down in Annapolis. Those guys get away with ignoring us up here in Washington County."


Another quote referred to Poffenberger's multigeneration roots in Sharpsburg: "I can remember coming into (Benders) with my grandfather when I was a kid. Granddad would buy me a Coke, and Captain Bender would give me a quarter. I think they would both enjoy the PoffenBURGER!"

Actually, Kemmet said during a phone interview, he isn't taking sides in the election -- he's bipartisan and lives in West Virginia.

In August, his tavern was the site of a "Parrottheads for Parrott" fundraiser with a Jimmy Buffett theme -- thrown by Poffenberger's Republican opponent, Neil Parrott.

Poffenberger and Parrott are competing for the Subdistrict 2B delegate seat in the Nov. 2 general election.

Becker luau postponed

Subdistrict 2A state delegate candidate Neil Becker has postponed a campaign event scheduled for Saturday.

Becker was going to host a luau as a fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus picnic pavilion on Leitersburg Pike.

In an e-mail, he said the event has been postponed to "an undetermined date."

Becker, a Democrat, will face incumbent Del. Andrew A. Serafini, a Republican, in the Nov. 2 general election.

Ehrlich likes Meinelschmidt

Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has offered his support to state delegate candidate Cort Meinelschmidt, a fellow Republican, in a video posted on Meinelschmidt's Facebook page.

Ehrlich is trying to become governor again. Meinelschmidt is hoping to defeat incumbent Subdistrict 2C Del. John P. Donoghue, a Democrat.

Standing with Meinelschmidt in Annapolis, Ehrlich called him "part of the new generation," who will look out for businesses, taxpayers and "individual freedom."

"Cort is young and he's handsome and he's smart and he gets it," Ehrlich said.

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