April 30, 2006

Cassilly deserves more support

As another reservist goes off to a combat zone - Councilman Bob Cassilly to Iraq - it is disappointing to read published reports of his "friends" and "colleagues" in the Harford County Republican Party taking the time to take cheap shots when they should be offering support and thanks to Bob and his wife, Debbie, and their children.

Many Harford County families have been forced to manage overseas deployments in recent weeks and some have ended very sadly. A great majority of employers and co-workers have been supportive and encouraging, but it is amazing that Cassilly's seatmates on the council and others who eagerly wish to replace him decided to criticize rather than honor an American called to duty.

We may all be better off with several more months of possible deadlock on the council when the recent record is examined.

Cassilly did not ask for this deployment and some things are a bit more important than politics. I wish Bob and his family well over the coming months and hope his family will not hesitate to call for any assistance. I hope his "friends" on the other side of the political aisle can muddle through until the election this year.

It is interesting to note that several leaders of our local GOP demand the resignation of a soldier called to duty but are remarkably silent when other local GOP officials (appointed and elected) bring disgrace to themselves and our county.

Michael G. Comeau

The writer is the chairman of the Harford County Democratic Central Committee and is a member of the Maryland Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan.

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