On the Campaign Trail

January 20, 2012

Garagiola: Raised more than $330K

Candidates for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat have reached an early fundraising milestone: Reports for fundraising for the fourth quarter of 2011 are due this month.

State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, a top Democratic contender, said recently that his campaign has raised more than $330,000.

“We’re well on pace to where we need to be,” he said.

John Delaney, another Democratic candidate — who filed to run on Jan. 4, nearly two months after Garagiola did — isn’t releasing fundraising information before filing a required report to the Federal Election Commission, according to his spokeswoman, Katie Burnham.

Burnham said Delaney is getting donations ranging from $5 to the $2,500 maximum through his website.

Political observers from both parties will watch for the report submitted by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, the Republican incumbent, who is seeking an 11th term.

Some Republicans chided Bartlett for tepid fundraising — $1,000 in the third quarter of 2011 — but the veteran congressman said he’s now raising the money he’ll need for a vigorous campaign.

Bartlett hires GOP strategy firm

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., has announced a campaign re-election team led by national Republican strategists Bob Wickers and Bryan Sanders of Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders.

Ted Dacey of Frederick, Md., will be a day-to-day campaign manager.

Dacey recently worked with former state Sen. Alex X. Mooney on his congressional exploratory committee until Mooney said this month that he won’t run and will support Bartlett instead.

Mooney is the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. He said the state party doesn’t have any rules against supporting candidates in a primary.

“Actually, I think it’s encouraged that you get involved in primaries,” he said.

Bartlett also has made a change in his chief of staff position.

Bud Otis had been the chief of staff until word got out that he was lining up support for a potential congressional campaign if Bartlett didn’t run.

The chief of staff duties were divided instead of replacing Otis, Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said.

 Deborah Burrell is Bartlett’s Washington, D.C., chief of staff and military legislative assistant, while Sallie Taylor is Bartlett’s chief of staff throughout the 6th District, Wright said.

Cardin, Mikulski uncommitted in Congress primary

Congressional candidates have been lining up endorsements ahead of the April 3 primaries, but U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., said he hasn’t made any commitments.

“We’re not ready at this particular moment,” Cardin said after a recent event in Hagerstown when asked about a possible endorsement. “I will want to talk to some of my colleagues before I make that judgment.”

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., probably will not endorse anyone until after the primaries, as has been her preference, said Julianna Albowicz, who represents Mikulski in Western Maryland and was at the same event.


— Andrew Schotz

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