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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Democrat Heather R. Mizeur picked off the endorsement of a maverick former Republican congressman to go with the support of five other Eastern Shore leaders as she continued to show her appeal outside her home county of Montgomery. Former U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, who represented the Shore as a Republican for 18 years until his primary defeat in 2008, released a statement expressing his support for the two-term delegate. “No one will fight harder to protect the Chesapeake Bay than Heather.
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March 12, 2014
One is again astounded at the audacity of GOP Rep. Andy Harris, famous for "where's my health care and voting against relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. Now he has asked for an inspector general from the Department of Health and Human Services to audit Maryland's health insurance exchange rollout ( "Officials welcome health exchange audit," March 11). Since Rep. Harris is opposed to government health insurance, except, apparently, for himself, it seems odd that he would be so concerned about whether or not this violation of our civil liberties was executed efficiently.
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November 23, 1993
On Sunday, Maryland's Wayne T. Gilchrest was the sole Republican in the House of Representatives to vote for statehood for the District of Columbia.To those who have followed his varied career, the Eastern Shore congressman's vote -- he called it a "symbolic" blow for %o democracy -- wasn't all that surprising. After all, says Mr. Gilchrest, he wouldn't be in Congress at all if a horse hadn't thrown him in the Idaho wilderness six years ago.! See article, 10A.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Democrat Heather R. Mizeur picked off the endorsement of a maverick former Republican congressman to go with the support of five other Eastern Shore leaders as she continued to show her appeal outside her home county of Montgomery. Former U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, who represented the Shore as a Republican for 18 years until his primary defeat in 2008, released a statement expressing his support for the two-term delegate. “No one will fight harder to protect the Chesapeake Bay than Heather.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Staff Writer | June 16, 1992
EASTON -- Republican office-seekers who favor abortion rights needn't fear the wrath of Marilyn Quayle -- at least not if they're good Republicans on other issues.So said the wife of Vice President Dan Quayle yesterday in Talbot County, where she was the key attraction at a fund-raiser for Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest.Mr. Gilchrest is a Republican who is seeking his second term in office in a tight race against Rep. Tom McMillen, a 4th District Democrat, in the newly drawn 1st Congressional District.
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October 11, 2005
REP. WAYNE T. GILCHREST has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for the environment, a stance that has often put the Eastern Shoreman at odds with his Republican colleagues. So it was a shock when Mr. Gilchrest changed his vote Friday and decided to support an energy bill that's little more than a handout to oil and gas companies and would have a disastrous effect on the environment. His reversal broke a 211-211 deadlock and allowed the legislation to pass the House. Mr. Gilchrest says it was a party vote, a chance to show that House Republicans are still united.
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November 1, 1994
A member of the U.S. House of Representatives has to be able to deal with a basic contradiction. Public sentiment may occasionally rise against incumbents, but the whole internal House system of committee assignments is based on seniority that assumes political longevity.The end result in Maryland, as elsewhere, is that any talented politician, after having won initially, tends to become a Washington fixture and gain power.The story of Wayne T. Gilchrest is a splendid illustration. In 1980, the house painter and sometime teacher defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Roy Dyson.
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By Karen Hosler and Karen Hosler,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 20, 1995
KENNEDYVILLE -- You'd never know it from the way he ambles about his home here in a ragged T-shirt and muddy work boots, but Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has suddenly hit the big time in Washington.With his party's takeover of Congress this year, the three-term congressman from the Eastern Shore has been transformed from an obscure, kind of oddball backbencher into a national leader of a band of pro-environmental Republicans -- one of the most influential tribal factions in the party.He's waging floor fights, brokering votes, even tutoring House Speaker Newt Gingrich to try to thwart those Republicans who see many environmental regulations as a kind of government intrusion and are trying to get rid of them.
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October 21, 1990
Only in the First Congressional District do Maryland voters have a real chance to change their federal representation this year. Elsewhere, incumbents face nominal opposition. But in the district that encompasses Harford County, the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland, challenger Wayne T. Gilchrest, a Republican, may yet defeat Rep. Roy P. Dyson, the Democratic incumbent.We endorse Mr. Gilchrest's candidacy because he has demonstrated in his career as a teacher and in his war record in Vietnam and in his campaigning for this office the most important qualification for a public servant: character.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 9, 1990
President Bush and other Republican luminaries are about to hop on the bandwagon of GOP congressional candidate Wayne T. Gilchrest, according to campaign officials.The president -- who already has taped a TV endorsement for the Kent County Republican -- is slated to meet with Mr. Gilchrest for a five-minute chat at the White House Thursday, Gilchrest campaign officials said.Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski is expected at a $150-per-person dinner Oct. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Waldorf.
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Dan Rodricks | October 16, 2013
Wednesday afternoon, as his former colleagues in Congress considered a deal to avoid a national crisis, Wayne Gilchrest sat in his office in a place called Knocks Folly on Maryland's Eastern Shore and watched a fox run across a field. That's not a bad way to spend an autumn afternoon — gazing out the window of an 18th-century house in Kent County, resting after a day spent preparing for the arrival of schoolchildren eager to plant trees or paddle a canoe on the Sassafras River.
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By Wayne T. Gilchrest | March 21, 2011
Few experiences compare to boating in the Chesapeake Bay at dawn, gliding among blue herons and submerged oak trees. As a nature lover and conservationist, I often take young students to the Chesapeake to teach them about ocean ecology. Lately, these nascent outdoorsmen have been noticing disturbances in the complex chain of marine life that sustains the ocean and its estuaries. An alarming 70 percent of adult striped bass sampled in the Chesapeake Bay are infected with a serious condition called mycobacteriosis, and these ailing fish are migrating from their nursery in the bay all along the Atlantic Coast.
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February 1, 2010
The recent death of former United States Sen. Mac Mathias provides an appropriate trigger to compare the profiles of Senator Mathias, former U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest and current Rep. Frank Kratovil. Their careers span over 50 years of Maryland's political history but have a striking commonality. All three were/are strong advocates for the citizens of the state and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Wayne and Frank have been especially dedicated to resolving the challenges that confront the farmers, watermen and environmentalists on the Eastern Shore.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | May 4, 2009
Washington -Even before Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter switched to the Democratic side, Republican leaders were warning that their national party was in danger of becoming a regional one. Specter's departure, part of a larger Republican shift away from the Northeast, has left a hole on the political map. For the first time since the founding of the Republican Party in the 1850s, there is not a single Republican senator from Maryland or any of the four...
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March 20, 2009
Courageous stand for gay marriage I was very pleased to read of former Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest's testimony in Annapolis in support of same-sex civil marriage ("Support for gay marriage," March 13). Mr. Gilchrest, unlike most in his party, "gets it" when it comes to the injustice inherent in denying one group of citizens access to rights accorded other citizens. He understands that the issue of same-sex civil marriage has nothing to do with religion, that no church can be, or would be, compelled to sanctify a marriage that violates that congregation's tenets.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
A freedom rider, a former Republican congressman and the state's chief legal officer banded together yesterday to testify in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland - evidence that proponents say shows the issue is gaining momentum. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler appeared for the second year in a row before a General Assembly committee to testify for the legislation. This year, he was joined by former U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, who lost the Republican primary last year after 18 years in Congress, and Travis Britt, an African-American civil rights activist and widower of the late Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt, who was to be the lead sponsor of the bill before her death last year.
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February 4, 2001
The office of Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest has announced an outreach program for constituents in some of the farthest reaches of the Republican's 1st District - Brooklyn Park and Odenton. While most of the Maryland district lies on the Eastern Shore, it includes portions of Anne Arundel County. Members of the Gilchrest staff plan to make monthly visits to libraries in Brooklyn Park and Odenton to hear concerns of area residents and answer questions they may have relating to federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Immigration and Naturalization Service.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 18, 1990
LA PLATA -- GOP candidate Wayne T. Gilchrest received a boost last night from one of the nation's top veterans, Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski, but even supporters conceded it would be tough for the Republican challenger to overcome Representative Roy P. Dyson, D-Md.-1st, on his home turf in Southern Maryland."I think Wayne has all the ingredients of a perfect challenger," Mr. Derwinski told several dozen veterans and supporters at American Legion Post No. 82."We want more veterans in the Congress," he added.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | January 5, 2009
KENNEDYVILLE - Coaxed to reflect on his 18 years in Washington, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest acknowledges a single regret. "If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have run," he said. "I probably would have rested my days as an outfitter taking people on horseback rides in the northern Bitterroot towns of Idaho. Lived out a peaceful existence, in a log cabin that was still filled up with snow in May." It is a typically idiosyncratic answer from the Eastern Shore Republican, who spent time counting moose in Idaho between jobs as a high school history teacher and a house painter before he won his seat in 1990.
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