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On the campaign trail - Jan. 31

January 30, 2012

A two-district candidate

Maryland Del. Kathryn L. Afzali, R-Frederick, surprised some people by running for Congress in the 6th District instead of the 8th District, where she now lives after redistricting.

Actually, residents in both the 6th and 8th districts can vote for or against Afzali in April.

Afzali will be on the GOP primary ballot in the 6th District as a Congress candidate.

She will be on the ballot in the 8th District as a Mitt Romney delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Delaney campaign announces finances

On Monday, Democrat John Delaney’s campaign shared fundraising information for the last several weeks.

The campaign took in $118,000 in in-kind contributions, which was money Delaney gave to his campaign.

Delaney filed his exploratory committee on Dec. 28, then filed as a 6th District candidate on Jan. 4. After becoming an official candidate, Delaney started outside fundraising, campaign manager Max Cummings said.

Cummings said the campaign took in nearly $75,000 through the Internet in the last three weeks. Additional direct contributions haven’t been counted, Cummings said Monday.

State Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, D-Montgomery, seen as a leading Democratic candidate in the race, has said his campaign has raised more than $330,000.

Welcome? Not quite

When state Sen. David R. Brinkley, R-Carroll/Frederick, officially joined the 6th District race, fellow GOP candidate Robin Ficker gave him a sharp “welcome.”

Ficker released a statement calling Brinkley a “carpetbagger” living outside the 6th District, wondering how he’ll serve in Annapolis while campaigning in Western Maryland, challenging him to at least five debates, chastising him for not defeating a 2007 tax-increase package and accusing him of being “soft on illegal drugs” for supporting medical marijuana.

Another GOP candidate, Brandon Orman Rippeon, was more cordial with his “welcome,” saying, “I believe in the process and look forward to a spirited campaign among all candidates on the issues facing the citizens of the 6th district.”

Brinkley has since challenged 10-term incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett to a series of five “public policy” debates before the April 3 primary.

Besides Brinkley, Ficker and Rippeon, Bartlett has four other GOP primary opponents — Kathryn F. Afzali, Robert Coblentz, Peter James and Joseph T. Krysztoforski.

— Andrew Schotz

“On The Campaign Trail” will run periodically. Send campaign news and tips to Andrew Schotz at andrews@herald-mail.com.

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