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Potential 2014 Democratic candidates support Delaney in Washington County

August 24, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Former state Del. D. Bruce Poole, left, of Hagerstown and his son Graham Poole, 14, talk with congressional candidate John Delaney, center, at the Washington County Democratic Picnic in Williamsport Thursday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Democrats in Washington County cheered Thursday for their 2012 candidate for Congress and applauded four elected officials who haven’t committed yet to statewide campaigns in 2014.

All eyes at the Washington County Democratic Central Committee picnic were on John Delaney, who is trying to prevent Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett from winning an 11th term in Congress.

About 200 people attended the picnic at the Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 near Williamsport.

There was speculation in the air, too, because of other Democrats who attended and talked up Delaney’s credentials.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who introduced Delaney as a longtime friend, is considered to be in the mix of possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates in 2014.

Asked about his intentions, Gansler said, “I’ll be looking at that after we get through this race.”

State Sen. James C. Rosapepe of Prince George’s County, Del. Heather R. Mizeur of Montgomery County and Del. C. William Frick of Montgomery County also spoke, but didn’t mention their future political plans.

Rosapepe said later that he would like to run for comptroller if incumbent Peter V.R. Franchot, as expected, runs for governor. Franchot had planned to speak at the picnic, but did not attend.

Frick said he’s considering a run for attorney general if Gansler doesn’t seek another term.

And Mizeur stuck to a general expression of interest she’s been giving, that she’s thinking about pursuing statewide office.

“I’m keeping all of my options open,” she said, acknowledging that a run for governor is possible.

In his speech, Delaney said the 6th District deserves better representation, mentioning Democrats at the picnic “who are doing it for the right reason, who are not doing it for their career, who are not doing it for some narrowly defined special interests, but who are doing it from the heart and for the common good of the country. And that’s what you deserve as voters. And that’s what I swear to you I will do.”

Delaney said he would focus on jobs and “the standard of living of the average American” as a congressman.

“Whether you believe in God or not, I believe we’ll be judged by how we live our lives and do we care about other people, and that’s what makes me a Democrat,” he said.

Gansler said Western Maryland suffers with a Republican representative in Congress.

“You have no voice with the rest of the state party,” he said.

Rosapepe encouraged Washington County to help re-elect President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and return Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House.

Mizeur said Obama is the ticket to a future of good jobs and good wages, mentioning his work in helping the major U.S. automakers recover.

Noting that this is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Antietam, Frick said, “In 2012, Washington County is again the center of a battle, but it’s a different battle. The stakes are still very, very high. This is ... a war for the future of the American middle class.”

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