Campaigning not over, Bartlett finds He's lobbying for special posts

November 18, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Roscoe G. Bartlett didn't expect to have to continue campaigning after he won the 6th District Congressional seat Nov. 3.

But that's what a freshman legislator has to do if he wants a seat on an influential congressional committee, the Frederick Republican said last night.

"We were totally prepared to lose. We never focused on what happened after the election," he said. "I didn't have the foggiest idea what happened after the election."

Mr. Bartlett, 66, defeated state Del. Thomas H. Hattery, a Frederick Democrat, for the seat now held by Democrat Beverly B. Byron. He spoke last night to 11 members of Carroll's Tri-District Republican Club at the Deer Park Bible Church in Finksburg.

His wife, Ellen, accompanied him.

The neophyte politician -- the former teacher, farmer and inventor has never held political office -- said he is lobbying other legislators and lobbyists for seats on certain committees.

Mr. Bartlett, who campaigned as a political outsider, said lobbyists who control political action committee money often recommend legislators for certain committees.

He said he would like a seat on the Joint Economic Study Committee, a bipartisan group that studies economic policy and makes recommendations, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which oversees the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA has imposed many regulations that "harass" business, Mr. Bartlett said.

He also is interested in serving on the Agriculture and Armed Services committees.

Mr. Bartlett said he plans to donate $60,000 a year for scholarships for students in his district who want to study science and technology in college. He plans to establish committees in each of the six counties in the district to decide who receives the scholarships. Each county will have $10,000 to distribute, he said.

The freshman legislator also said that Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who has been called the most powerful Republican in Congress, plans to come to the 6th District for a Bartlett fund-raiser before the end of the year.

The campaign was largely a negative one, with Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Hattery throwing accusations back and forth at each other. Last night, Mr. Bartlett couldn't resist one small jab at his former opponent.

He criticized Mr. Hattery for being confident that he would win the race and said Republicans in Annapolis plan to throw a "welcome back" party for Mr. Hattery when the General Assembly reconvenes.

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