Campaign notebook

August 24, 2006

Hollinger ad details health care record State Sen. Paula C. Hollinger hit the airwaves yesterday with a 30-second television ad in her bid for the 3rd District congressional seat.

The ad details Hollinger's record on health care issues, describes a bill she wrote to tax some energy company profits and says she'll "lead the fight to end Bush's war in Iraq."

"She's the shortest member of the Senate," the ad says. "But wherever she goes, she leaves behind the biggest footprints."

Hollinger, a Pikesville Democrat, faces seven other candidates in the primary.

Sumathi Reddy

Sierra Club backs O'Malley

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley was endorsed by the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club, giving him one of the first endorsements by a statewide environmental group in this year's campaign for governor.

The legislative chair for the Sierra Club said O'Malley, a Democrat, will place a greater emphasis on air quality, land use and the health of the Chesapeake Bay than his Republican opponent, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

"He's out there. He's seen it for himself. And he knows what we have to do to protect it," Jan Graham said of O'Malley.

The Sierra Club has traditionally endorsed Democrats, including then-Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in 2002.

Two other Maryland environmental groups, the League of Conservation Voters and Clean Water Action, have yet to endorse a candidate for governor.

John Fritze

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