On the Campaign Trail

November 17, 2011

For Myers, Congress can wait

Tuesday was Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.'s self-imposed deadline for deciding whether to run for Congress.

Myers and state Sen. Christopher B. Shank said last month that they might be interested in trying for the 6th District seat, but only if 10-term incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett, a fellow Republican, doesn't seek another term.

In the last month, there's been no evidence Bartlett won't run, so Myers said he doesn't plan to.

Bartlett, 85, filed in June to seek re-election in the 2012 election and has promised, through statements released by his office, that he is running again.

But some observers, including those within the GOP, have looked at his sparse recent fundraising and wondered if he was going to follow through.

Myers said last month that Republican hopefuls can't keep waiting until the Jan. 11 filing deadline to start campaigning in a primary. At the time, he pledged to make up his mind by Nov. 15.

A new hire

Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, said his legislative aide, Kari Snyder, is leaving her job to take a new position with U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md.

Snyder will work for Bartlett starting sometime after Thanksgiving, Parrott said.

Lisa Wright, a spokeswoman for Bartlett, confirmed Thursday that Snyder will be an assistant in Bartlett's Hagerstown district office, but wasn't sure when the job would begin.

A temporary 'delegate'

At a recent Washington County senior citizen forum, one of the hottest topics was whether the county should have a new senior-citizen center and where it should go.

Members of the Washington County delegation shared some ideas, but without any control in the matter, didn't have too much to say.

That put Washington County Commissioner John F. Barr, who was watching from the back of the room, in the spotlight.

Barr walked to the front and spoke about the county's position.

He then sat on stage with state lawmakers for the rest of the forum, giving Del. Andrew A. Serafini a chance to acknowledge Barr's "promotion" when the discussion shifted to a possible gas-tax increase.

"Delegate Barr down here will tell you," Serafini said as he mentioned deep cuts the state made to highway user revenue for counties.


— Andrew Schotz

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