OCEAN CITY -- Still smarting from a stinging defeat Tuesday night, Representative Roy P. Dyson slipped out of this resort town yesterday refusing to talk about the campaign he lost or his plans for the future.
The five-term Democrat, who turns 42 on Nov. 15, left the site ohis election-night headquarters to return to the Dyson family home in Great Mills, St. Mary's County, stopping to thank close friends and 1st Congressional District supporters along the way, an aide said.
Mr. Dyson, who has avoided the news media in times of crisis, is expected toreturn to his Washington office today. He probably will not meet reporters for some time, said Christopher Robinson, his chief aide and campaign manager.
Ironically, some campaign workers said privately that they believe Mr. Dyson's habit of running from the news media played a role in his whopping loss to GOP challenger Wayne T. Gilchrest.
The aides said the "siege mentality" that seemed a trademark of the Dyson camp raised voters' suspicions and doubts that might have been reversed if Mr. Dyson had confronted controversy as it arose.
But Mr. Robinson dismissed these notions yesterday.
"It was nothing that happened in the last two weeks or four weeks," he said. "It was the cumulative effects of the controversies surrounding the campaign. . . . Controversies obscured the record and long list of constituent services that the congressman provided. Try as we did, we were unable to overcome those controversies that punctuated the last 2 1/2 years."
Mr. Robinson also blamed press coverage, particularly in The Sun.
"There was an unfair slant on so many stories that we just simply didn't have enough money, time or energy to change the political dynamics set in motion by stories that began -- found their source -- in The Baltimore Sun," he said.