On the Campaign Trail

September 29, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Raising a stink about bugs

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., has made stinkbug infestation one of his top issues in recent days. His office has sent out press releases on his efforts to convince the federal government to help farmers and on media coverage his effort has received.

"If you wanted to design a terrorist bug, it would have the features of the brown marmorated stink bug," Bartlett has said in some news releases.

Bartlett's Democratic opponent, Andrew Duck, responded. His campaign manager forwarded a column by Steve Benen of Washington Monthly, who wondered why a Conservative Republican wants the federal government to come to the rescue.

Asked for his take, Libertarian candidate Dan Massey said some government "solutions" are for problems the government caused.

Constitution Party candidate Michael Reed said he was amused Bartlett helped write letters to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency asking for help -- something the average citizen might do.


Voter deadline is Oct. 12

Marylanders who want to vote in the Nov. 2 general election or change their party enrollment have until Oct. 12 to register.

The Washington County Board of Elections must receive a hand-delivered application by 9 p.m. A mailed application must be postmarked no later than that day.

Anyone with questions may contact the board at 240-313-2050.

NFIB endorsements

The National Federation of Independent Business of Maryland has endorsed 38 candidates in this year's Maryland House and Senate races.

The organization's picks in races connected to Washington County are: Sen. George C. Edwards, District 1; Christopher B. Shank, Senate candidate, District 2; Sen. Alex X. Mooney, District 3; Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., Subdistrict 1C; Del. Andrew A. Serafini, Subdistrict 2A; Cort Meinelschmidt, delegate candidate, Subdistrict 2C. All are Republicans.

Also, NFIB has endorsed U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and named him a "Guardian of Small Business" for voting in favor of key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time.

Bartlett is running for a 10th two-year term.

Benefit for Woods' campaign

James M. "Jim" Woods, a Republican candidate for Washington County sheriff, is holding a benefit motorcycle ride for his campaign Oct. 10, starting at New Del-Mar Inn, west of Hagerstown.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. The ride begins at 1 p.m.

The ride will end at The Landing Restaurant and Pub on Dual Highway.

Sandwiches and snacks will be provided. A cash bar will be available.

Campaign donations will be accepted.

Woods is running against Democrat Douglas W. Mullendore, the incumbent.

Meinelschmidt's HQ hours

Cort Meinelschmidt, a Republican state delegate candidate in Subdistrict 2C, is keeping his campaign headquarters at 39 E. Franklin St. in Hagerstown open five days a week: Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The phone number is 301-331-5171.

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