Campaign Notebook

August 05, 2006|By STAFF REPORTS

Schaefer begins TV campaign noting scandal-free career

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer launched his media campaign for a third term this week with a radio ad in which he boasts of a political career in which there have "never been any scandals or hints of impropriety."

According to the Schaefer campaign, the ads are running in all parts of Maryland.

In the 60-second spot, Schaefer tells voters: "You know you work hard for your money. We as public servants should work just as hard to look after that money. Like making sure everyone pays their fair share, collecting delinquent taxes and seeing to it that your tax dollars are spent properly."

Schaefer faces vigorous opposition in the Democratic primary from Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and Montgomery County Del. Peter Franchot. A recent Sun poll shows about one-third of Democratic voters in Schaefer's camp.

Laslo Boyd, spokesman for the Schaefer campaign, said the comptroller's ad campaign will be on the air continuously until the Sept. 12 primary.

The current ads focus solely on Schaefer's accomplishments and do not mention his opponents.

"We only do positive," said Boyd.

Michael Dresser

Prince George's police union endorses Rolle and Mfume

A Prince George's County police union representing 2,400 active and retired officers has endorsed Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle, a Republican, for attorney general, and former congressman Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat, for U.S. Senate.

The county Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 did not issue an endorsement in the governor's race, and said in a news release that the gubernatorial endorsement will be made by the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police.

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