Normally, we’d have reserved this space to congratulate the winners of Frederick’s election. Instead, we’re already having to take Alderman-elect Phil Dacey and his campaign to the woodshed for underhanded politics, whether he authorized it or members of his campaign did.

Ted Dacey, the candidate’s brother, acknowledged asking the state GOP to make a last-minute robocall on Tuesday attacking Democrat Donna Kuzemchak over nonpayment of taxes — payments she subsequently honored. The call cites The Frederick News-Post’s May 14 story on the Democrat.

Despite his demurral that he was focused on his race and didn’t know the contents of the call, we don’t for one minute believe Phil Dacey was unaware of what his brother was up to. That may be a good excuse at the national level — and these kinds of disgusting attacks are part of that kind of playbook — but in a relatively small, close-knit city campaign in a rural county in one of the smallest states in the nation for a part-time position? We’re not talking staff members in the hundreds here. Excuse us if we’re skeptical.

Denial just doesn’t cut it. Dacey was the candidate. The buck stops at his door. He needs to get used to the idea of taking responsibility now he’s an elected official.

The attack ultimately failed. Kuzemchak made the final cut, in fifth place. Dacey came in third, the lone Republican on the five-member Board of Aldermen.

So, Dacey is facing a difficult four years. Not only will he be isolated by party affiliation, but he’ll be under suspicion from the start. Even if he didn’t authorize the call himself, it was his campaign.

Even some of Dacey’s fellow Republicans and those who voted for him were suffering from buyer’s remorse once they heard about the call going out. State Sen. David Brinkley called Kuzemchak to apologize on behalf of the GOP.

Lonnie Ropp, vice chairman of the Frederick County Republican Central Committee, said the call was in poor taste.

“That type of phone call is not reflective of the vast majority of Republicans within the party,” Ropp told The News-Post.

The state party thought Ted Dacey was speaking on behalf of the local GOP and made no effort to vet the attack or even check that local party members had given their approval. “If we knew what we know now, we probably would not have made the call,” said Chairwoman Diane Waterman. We have to say, this makes the state GOP look pretty dysfunctional. Stupid, even.

Brian Griffiths, who broke details of the robocall on his blog, Red Maryland, was unapologetic in his criticism of the campaign’s tactic:

“I can tell you, as somebody who donated to Dacey’s general election campaign and somebody who has known Phil Dacey since we were in college, I am disgusted.”

We are, too. And so is a large proportion of Frederick voters, many of whom supported Dacey.

Dacey needs to man up and apologize to Kuzemchak, because he may end up sitting next to her in that first-floor City Hall hearing room. And he needs to pledge to the people of Frederick that he’ll keep his nose clean from now on. Perhaps that way he’ll be able to find a way to get along with his colleagues, maybe even make up some ground.

In any case, this is a terrible way to start the next four years.

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slaphappy

Are we still talking about this? it is not like the call was a fabricated lie - it was based on an FNP article for godsakes...

I'm sorry, but if she had paid her taxes on time, there would never have been a robocall in the first place

dbjanda1

Dacey, what was honest and truthful about the robocall other than you do not accept responsibility for it...You make Obama look like an honest upfront person about Obamacare...I think you'd stab yourself in the back to get what you want...I hope you're proud to be a republican but I doubt if any others are...Me

fnpreader

From Ted Dacey's Facebook page: I will NEVER apologize for attacking a democrat with the truth! I am proud of exposing a democrat !

Mr. Dacey, you did not expose a democrat. You exposed two very sleazy republicans.

bobwhitejr

The call was so slimy it is unforgivable. Dacey should resign his seat and let the next highest vote-getter (who would also be a Republican) take the seat.

FrederickFacts

Did anyone notice that over 40% of Dacey's cash came from outside Frederick County? Almost $9,000! Dacey cashed in on help from a number of other politician's Campaign Finance Entities...funds left over from successful and unsuccessful campaigns. .

In County, I expected to see the $500 from Ausherman, himself not one of his LLC's. And don't forget the developer's friend and protector, Rand Weinberg, in for $800. Young (City Cab of Frederick) got off light at $250

The data only covers through October 25 with data after that due on December 5. Look forward to see how much of the balance unspent of $7700 goes up or down at November 5. For additional details, copy this in your browser and click on "Dacey Data." http://sdrv.ms/176JxRv

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touscents

Robocall the night before the election is not a proper forum for any sort of new allegation.

jill king

This robocall may have hurt other republican candidates, by using the state authority line and not one from his own campaign. Any republican defending this action must be related or from the Mooney camp. No one agrees with this kind of dirt here no matter whether it comes from Democrats or Republicans. Hopefully, we won't see this under party authority lines in the future, but under personal so they can be seen for what they are.

ctpr2468

An apology from Phil Dacey is totally worthless, as the man has no conscience, no scruples, and no boundaries. There are a number of reasons the man "won" the election, none of which had anything to do with his qualifications. He should be denied the position of Alderman, be it through legal means or by insistence of the Mayor and the other Aldermen, and it should be awarded to Katie Nash, who came in 6th and got her votes the honest way. He will surely not resign, because people like him just don't do that sort of thing. Should he be allowed to serve, the City of Frederick will surely suffer over the next four years!

obamaismyhomeboy

Katie Nash is not the saint you believe her to be - she has been convicted of DUI, which in my mind is a much worse offense

dbjanda1

Davey should own up to the robocall, accept responsibility and be proud of it or condemn it...By doing neither shows lack of leadership and for actions under his control...Maybe, sweeping up after meetings might help with his credibility otherwise never trust a snake that goes in hiding...Me

slaphappy

You are right, Davey should own up to it...whoever that is

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watson4sherlock

It's to late to change the content of the call. Let's suffice it to say;

NO ROBOCALLS EVER

watson4sherlock

As of October 2013, all Robocalls must all you to optout.

See http://www.fcc.gov/guides/robocalls

dressthebird

* allow

runningaddict414

DSG and johnqfrederick, people do NOT need "thicker skin" to be outraged over a bald-faced lie. The phone call said, "Donna K wants to spend our hard-earned tax dollars when she can't even pay her own taxes. After 12 years in office and unpaid taxes, it is time to vote 'no' on Donna K." Her taxes had been paid in full in July, making the claim that she had unpaid taxes at the time of the call a LIE. Methinks you two should learn the difference between a negative statement and a LIE before you allow yourselves to look as Sleezy as Sleezy Phil.

powerfuldman

Seriously? That is what people are getting their panties in a bunch about??

Hate to be the one to say it, but everything in that call is true. Donna K did not pay her taxes back in the spring for a period of time.

The call might have implied that she was currently behind on her taxes, but it never says it.

it might be a bit misleading, but it is far from a "bald-faced lie"

runningaddict414

Doesn't matter whether it implied she was behind on her taxes, or not. Fact is, at the time the call was placed, she WASN'T. That makes it a LIE. Maybe YOU don't care if elected officials lie, but some of us DO.

runningaddict414

Further, dman, everything in that call is NOT true. It said she can't even pay her own taxes, which is a big, fat lie. She DID pay her taxes. So go get your panties twisted over something else, and leave the truth-finding and lie-detecting to those of us who CARE about whom we elect to serve us.

slaphappy

True or false? - if Donna paid her taxes on time, then this is not an issue...the fact that she did not AND that she admitted in the FNP article that she would get attacked on it proves that this was not a dead issue.

watson4sherlock

You have still failed to address the issue of whether the Maryland Republican Party had a duty to obtain current information knowing the information was sixth month old. The Frederick County Treasurey is open five days a week from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Furthermore did the Party make a slanderous statement when they stated she was unfit for office because her taxes were late.

This are issues to be decided in a court of law not a court of public opinion.

DSG_1123

The MD Republican Party is a joke - it certainly does have a responsibility to make sure things put out under its banner are clear and accurate.

It seems like a failing at every level

watson4sherlock

Did anyone get a call on their cell phone?

March 18, 2013 at 2:56 PM ET

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has cited two marketing companies with making millions of illegal robocalls – for both Democratic and Republican campaigns – to wireless phone numbers in 2011 and 2012. Both firms have been ordered to stop making prohibited robocalls to cellphones.

See http://www.nbcnews.com/business/fcc-goes-after-political-robocalls-sent-cellphones-1C8929796

watson4sherlock

Spent 30 days in jail for 2010 election day robocalls. Still thinks he's fit to serve in public office.

Julius Henson has political aspirations after jail

See http://www.wbaltv.com/news/politics/Julius-Henson-has-political-aspirations-after-jail/-/9379266/22451736/-/50mhee/-/index.html

runningaddict414

All you people who think nothing is wrong with Daceys' sleezy campaign practices (DSG and johnq frederick)have ALWAYS paid EVERY bill on time, and NEVER paid a late fee?! DSG, I am the one who is shocked!

EasyAs123

I think the point I am trying to make is that in politics, everyone gets egg on their faces. I am certain that some of the commenters on this article celebrated when McAuliffe won his election after the most negative campaign in recent memory but were outraged when they found out about this GOP robocall. Does anyone else see a glaring inconsistency with that?

If you think a candidate who doesn't pay her taxes for three years is fit to return to public office, then what would disqualify a person for public office? Speaking as a Democrat, I really think we shouldn't attach too much importance to party affiliation at the local level.

runningaddict414

There's a BIG difference between a negative statement and a bald-faced LIE.

runningaddict414

Her taxes have been paid in full, plus applicable penalties. I have no idea why they weren't paid for three years, as you claim, nor do I care. They are paid NOW, and were paid at the time of Daceys' LiE that claimed she had unpaid taxes at the time of the call. Had he stated the taxes were unpaid as of July, he would have been correct. Negative, but still correct. As it stands now, Phil Dacey is nothing but a BIG, FAT LIAR.

dressthebird

You do not care about fiscal responsibility?

runningaddict414

She paid her taxes, plus penalties. Call it irresponsible if you want, but that's not the issue. The issue is Dacey and his robocall LIE.

watson4sherlock

Anthony Weiner thought he was fit to be the governor of New York. If he'd been elected he would have taken the office. But people knew about his checkered past before they voted for him.

Anthony Weiner's party demanded he resign from the US Congress. Will Phil Dacey's party demand that he resign as alderman so Katie Nash can have his seat?

runningaddict414

ONCE AGAIN, DSG, if he thinks he did nothing wrong why is he claiming he knew nothing about the call? Justify unethical behavior all you want; it only reflects poorly on YOU.

slaphappy

The tag line was from the MD Republican Party - if you know your election laws then you know that by law he cannot know the contents of outside groups political ads.

EasyAs123

This robocall "issue" is small potatoes. Here are some interesting quotes from the Washington Post's editorial that might help put this in perspective. I wonder if the Washington Post's editorial would be vilifying McAullife for his negative campaigning if he were a Republican.

"Who knew that Mr. McAuliffe, the most prolific campaign fundraiser of his generation, would have so much money or that he’d use some of it on negative advertising? No fair! That’s the cry from some Republicans, especially tea party acolytes of Ken Cuccinelli II, the GOP candidate who lost narrowly Tuesday. In a spilt-milk snit, they are crying foul...It may be news to the tea party, but politics can be rough. The vicious and negative ads, statements and news releases flew in both directions, every day, for months."

johnqFrederick

[scared] Exactly! Who woulda thunk!

johnqFrederick

Note to Dacey, go play around of golf, create a press release that you want to discuss local policy about illegal, err, umh, undocumented DEM voters, make several speeches showing your indignation over the whole matter,

play another round of golf, bring up another press release and plan to provide equality to all (not that we don't already have it -- it is purely a distraction -- study Saul Alinsky

runningaddict414

DSG, if there was nothing unethical or dirty about Sleezy Phil's call, why did Sen. Brinkley call Donna K to apologize on behalf of the GOP? Why did Sleezy Phil say he knew nothing about the call? Methinks he protestith too much. He knows what he did was wrong, and your moral compass needs adjusting if you think he did nothing wrong.

DSG_1123

I for one am shocked, SHOCKED that a candidate would say something negative about another candidate of a different party during a political campaign. I mean what is this world coming to???

methinks everyone involved should tone down their holier-than-thou rhetoric and grow some thinker skin

johnqFrederick

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slaphappy

David Brinkley is not an ethical man...

watson4sherlock

Whatever these people get from holding public office must be worth more than the paycheck if they are so desperate to win.

watson4sherlock

Didn't Brinkley win in 2012 even though Bartlett was ahead in the polls? How many people voted for Donna K solely because they found the robocall distasteful?

Wayo44Mag

I have to wonder if the fnp would be making as big of deal out of this if Dacey were a DEMOCRAT??[wink]

watson4sherlock

Why does a law abiding gun owner think violating ethics and laws is of no importance?

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watson4sherlock

I would like to give you an answer but so far I'm only finding Republicans using robocalls for dirty politics.

Republican US Senate candidate Jeff Flake came under fire on Monday for a round of automated phone calls sent to Democratic voters in Arizona. The calls provided voters with incorrect information about their polling sites, KPNX reported. Democrat Mary Crecco of Scottsdale told the station that she “freaked out” when she got the Flake robocall.“It was totally wrong, totally wrong, and I feel like it was done purposely."

See http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121106/robocalls-republican-jeff-flake-send-arizona-dem

BstD59

I bet the FNP would report a nasty robocall if it came from a Democrat. Obviously you just don't get it. The citizens of Frederick do not want their elections to turn into the name calling, mud-slinging nasty campaigns that have begun to infect so many other jurisdictions. If a politician, of any persuasion, can't campaign alone on the issues and their stand on them, then they obviously don't have anything to offer the voters. I also believe that any politician who uses this sort of tactic most likely has much to hide themselves. Remember, a good defense is a great offense, and as an attorney I'm willing to bet Darcy knows that little trick very well.

watson4sherlock

If you received a nasty robocall from a Democrat, I urge you to file a complaint with the Maryland Attorney General and the Frederal Communications Commission.

BstD59

I didn't receive a nasty robocall from anyone, Republican or Democrat. If you read my comment I said I believe that IF someone received a robocall from a Democrat that the FNP WOULD report on it just as it did on this Republican one. I am advocating the end of all negative campaigning, by anyone, any party, any time.

johnqFrederick

I have to agree with Wayo44Mag, the media outlets in Maryland and the surrounding Metro DC area tend to wear their bias on their sniveling sleeves

Please, the above comments are simply a disgrace to Saul Alinsky - unless of course, oh my, that is right -- the above posts come from Saul manuel -- miscommunicate, lie, fundamentally transform -- today its Red, tomorrow, its Blue,

watson4sherlock

Or this is a tactic Republicans like to use.

johnqFrederick

Note to Dacey -- give a speech, look caring and intent on fixing the problem, and then ignore and blame --

Seems to work for others out there, and you could even smoke crack and probably get to serve 4 more years for the City

EasyAs123

If there is this much moral indignation over a robocall--a tactic that both sides use--imagine what it would be like when there is a real scandal. I think most politicians understand that elections are competitive. Kuzemchak knew the tax issue could be used against her and was quoted as such in the May 14th FNP article. If she holds a personal grudge against Dacey for the next four years, then she has the thinnest skin of any politician that I have ever seen.

watson4sherlock

We are discussing this election not any other election. What robocall did Democrates make in the Frederick City November 5, 2013 election?

EasyAs123

Here's a direct quote from the Wikipedia page on robocalls: "Robocalls are made by many political parties in the United States, including but not limited to both the Republican and Democratic parties as well as unaffiliated campaigns, 527 organizations, unions, and individual citizens." The actions of other campaigns regarding robocalls across the country are entirely relevant to this conversation. Let's not forget the context within which political campaigns operate. Love 'em or hate 'em, robocalls are a widely used tactic by both sides.

Here's another quote from an article on robocalls: (see full article at http://www.localvictory.com/communications/political-robocalls.html):"Don't forget that the media is listening – Never say anything in a political robocall that you wouldn’t want printed on the first page of the newspaper." The robocall was based on a story published in this very newspaper. Saying someone should lose their job or resign over that is just plain nuts.

Also, not that it should matter, but for the record I am a lifelong "Democrate."

Lils864

I think you are missing the point. It is not robocalls that are being taken to task, it is the content of this particular robocall. Yes it is appropriate to comment on the issues or the opponent's handling of the issues, but I do not believe that this was relevant to the issues. It was just dirty politics. Don't forget that this Ted Dacey is a disciple of Alex Mooney. His name comes up in connection with the mud-slinging at David Brinkley in 2012. So this is standard operating procedure for our boy Ted.

johnqFrederick

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DSG_1123

I agree,

Frederick politicians should have thinker skin than this - especially after the Jennifer/Ron grudge matches of the mid 2000's

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johnqFrederick

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pixie-dust

I agree with the people who say that someone should be held accountable. Someone ought to lose his or her job. There were all kinds of warning signs, willful blindness, and a failure to ask the most obvious questions.

And now that I'm done talking about the rollout of Healthcare.gov, the same goes for the robocall. Someone should be held accountable.

obamaismyhomeboy

on a personal note, it is nice to see the republicans eating their own...looks like smooth sailing for Brown & Co. in 2014!

susanandmoe20130

He has lots of money and can buy his way into anything. he cheated and should be punished. Katie Nash Should get his chair!!!!!!![sad]

DSG_1123

So we should go with the drunk driver instead?

DSG_1123

Sorry - now THAT is a low blow...

susanandmoe20130

He needs to be kicked out of office and allow a real candidate to take over. Katie Nash Deserves his spot. She ran a clean Race and has supported many of us whom are less fortunate.

powerfuldman

Nice to see the shinning beacon of personal and spiritual purity that is David Brinkley chime in with his self-righteous 2 cents.

I'm with soule - I'm confused. Was the robocall true or not? It seems from the FNP story that Donna was in arrears of her taxes, AND that she expected to be attacked on it.

watson4sherlock

Seems Donna K had paid her taxes. The county has not updated the website since May 2013. The robocall quoted what was printed in the FNP months ago. Seems like if the Maryland Republican Party had called the county treasurer they would have known this and not wasted their time. Did the Maryland Republican Party owe a duty to the people to report current and not out dated information?

pixie-dust

The FNP story from May was true when it was published 6 months ago.

The robocall was false because it said that she hadn't paid her taxes. She had.

Think of it this way: A robocall sent out 4 days ago stating that Phil Dacey had not paid his property taxes would have been just as false the robocall that said Donna K had not paid her taxes.

Dacey may have paid his on time (I have no idea when he paid them) and Donna K clearly paid hers late (along with a substantial penalty) but as of Monday of this week, both of them had paid their property taxes. Any robocall stating that either of them had not paid their taxes was false.

powerfuldman

Then it sounds like a problem with State Rep party not being precise with their wording...no one would say something so easily verifiable.

From what I have read it sounds like Ted Dacey simply suggested to the party that they run something about Donna not paying her taxes on time (which is a true statement) - the state party then turned it into Donna is currently not paying her taxes (a false statement).

Does anyone actually have the text of the Robocall?

touscents

Powerfuld, Not in a robocall the night before the election!

dbjanda1

I wonder if Mr. Dacey would hire someone for the similar type of incident ???...Or represent him ???...Me

niceund

Does anyone remember that Ted Dacey did the same thing last spring when he released 911 calls made by David Brinkley and his wife less than24 hours before the republican primary where Brinkley was running against Bartlett? And....who was Bartlett's campaign manager????? TED DACEY. Interesting tactic. If Phil was an honorable man, he would have apologized immediately for his campaign and his sleezy brother. He should give up his seat ASAP and save us all from 4 years of animosity.

obamaismyhomeboy

Get your facts straight, Dacey never got the tapes - speaking from someone who is in the know from the sheriff's department - tapes are erased after 3 yrs, so the Bartlett campaign could not get them if they tried.

Go to the sheriff's dept and request a list of who was able to obtain them - it is public record - and you will see your potential culprits.

watson4sherlock

The unsubscribe button on the Victory for Bartlett email goes to

http://bartlettforcongress.us4.list-manage.com/unsubscribe/post

See http://marylandreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Bartlett-for-Congress_Brinkley-911-calls.pdf

obamaismyhomeboy

...because no one in the history of the internet could copy and paste a false link into their email.

Everyone knew how toxic this info was, why on earth would the Bartlett campaign be so careless and stupid as to put a link back to their website?

It does not add up any way you slice it.

watson4sherlock

I don't know where the link went in 2010. It has since been altered to go to a Brinkley page. The current whois lookup for bartlettforcongress.us4.list-manage.com:

Expires On April 18, 2015
Registered On April 18, 2006
Updated On February 14, 2013

Domain Name: LIST-MANAGE.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: Ben Chestnut
Registrant Organization: The Rocket Science Group, LLC

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mailchimp

slaphappy

Geez - with all of this hoopla you would think that he slept with his legislative assistant and then had his wife call the police on him...

watson4sherlock

I hope this breach in ethics doesn't cost Mr. Dacey his day job.

Phil began working as the Director of External Affairs for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in 2006. His responsibilities include overseeing the legislative effort for the agency, agency wide media communications, interfacing with federal, state, and local government agencies, constituent service, and writing and implementing state vehicle regulations.

See http://phildacey.com/about/

johnqFrederick

What difference does it make, really? So what!

Advice to Dacey -- stone wall, ignore the press, blame the DEMS, blame ACA, just blame

Tell them that you are investigating the breakdown with the IRS, err, I mean the Robocalls, and state that you do not condone the behavior

Then go play some golf, sheez, you think the DEMs haven't read this script before

watson4sherlock

Many times over the past 200+ years.

watson4sherlock

Can the Board of Alderman stop Dacey from taking his seat due to ethics violations? Katie Nash should have his chair. This we'll just have to tolerate it for four years is for the birds.

We, the People of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious consideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:

Article 1. That all Government of right originates from the People, is founded in compact only, and instituted solely for the good of the whole; and they have, at all times, the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their Form of Government in such manner as they may deem expedient.

See http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/43const/html/00dec.html

WileECoyote

I agree, Nash should be in. Dacey should withdraw / resign. But it won't happen. We have toothless ethics in this state / county / city.....so no hope there. 4 years of a man paid to hold what is now a dead seat.

GrumbleJones

I second your motion! [thumbup] Now, all in favor say "aye."

jill king

aye.

BstD59

The city has its own election laws. Maybe some kind soul will research the city charter and see if there is something in there that could be used to keep him from being seated. If there is, it would certainly make a lot of people happy.

susanandmoe20130

I agree give Katie his chair

watson4sherlock

The charter can not violate the rights of the people as given in the Maryland Declaration of Rights. I already checked the Maryland Appeals Court Published Decisions for recall elections. Elected officials have lost their seats for being sentenced for a crime. Any hints on what to look for?

See http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/breaking/bs-md-alston-guilty-20120612,0,7550558.story

DSG_1123

Can someone explain what is unethical about this? From what I have read about the call it was just stating that facts that she had been behind on her taxes recently, not that she was currently behind.

watson4sherlock

As I recall it goes on and claims because she had been behind on her taxes she shouldn't be allowed to work with people who pay their taxes.

Your turn. Did the Maryland Republican Party owe a duty to secure current information so that it was not reporting out dated information?

runningaddict414

Right, DSG. Nothing unethical whatsoever. That's why Sen. Brinkley called Donna K to apologize on behalf of the GOP. That's why Sleezy Phil claimed he didn't know anything about the call.

DSG_1123

I don't know why Brinkley decided to apologize for a call that was essentially restating an FNP article from the spring.

candyog

Ted Dacey, the candidate's brother, was the Legislative Assistant for Alex Mooney in Annapolis. Most of Phil Dacey's campaign contributions were received from outside of Frederick. I am not the least bit surprised by Mr. Dacey's campaign techniques. He learned from the best - Alexander Mooney, who now resides in West VA.

In addition, If anyone had done a little research on Mr. Dacey, they would have unearthed a very poor attendance record during his term on the City Board of Zoning Appeals. Regardless of your political affiliation, he was a very poor choice.

obamaismyhomeboy

I worked in Annapolis for many years and I can assure you that Ted Dacey never worked for Alex Mooney in Annapolis.

Lils864

Ted Dacey worked on Alex Mooney's campaign not in Annapolis.

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watson4sherlock

There are 856 properties on the Listing of Delinquent Accounts as of: May 10, 2013. The biggest bills are:

District: 28 Index Nbr: 571887
RICHARD F KLINE INC
5.65 ACRES N/SIDE GROVE ROAD
RT. 355
0 GROVE RD
Assessment: $1,977,500 TAX: $25,674.80

District: 28 Index Nbr: 539886
KLINE RICHARD F INC
4.93 COMM. AC N/S GROVE'S LANE
0 GROVE RD
Assessment: $1,134,800 TAX: $14,742.87

See http://frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=5431

richardlyons

Was Phil Dacey approached by the FNP for comment prior to the editorial? He owes an apology both to the voters of Frederick City and Donna K. He is tainted and will need to work hard to overcome this poor start.

soule1061

Well, wait a minute. Were the Dacey charges true or not? Or, had Kuzemchak already paid the taxes prior to the election? This whole thing wouldn't have come up if the taxes had been paid in a timely manner. We have literally hundreds of politicians from the local level on up to the Federal level who are tax evaders. This is a major honesty issue that needs to be addressed.

whitemanfortyfour

This just goes to show how DESPERATE the GOP is and how LOW they will go to try and save their SINKING SHIP but it really doesn't matter. The FORWARD THINKING AMERICAN MAJORITY of the REAL AMERICAN PARTY LED BY DEMOCRATS have the republiCONS ON THE ROPES!!! The FACT is the racist rednecks, I mean republiCONS and their offspring can NOT win on Americas BIGGEST STAGE!!! PERIOD! END OF STORY! They simply can NOT win the minority(soon to be MAJORITY) vote EVER which basically puts the ENTIRE REPUBLICON party the way of the dinosaur until the earth crashes into the sun??? IF the republiCONS had ANY kind of respect for the FORWARD THINKING AMERICAN MAJORITY they would FOLD UP SHOP FROM ALL POLITICS IMMEDIATELY! They are simply WASTING the taxpayers TIME AND MONEY when their unraveling is INEVITABLE??? Not too mention we REALLY don't need them???

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watson4sherlock

Dacey is a Republican.

watson4sherlock

Yesterday, one commenter mentioned Candidate Dacey was handing out cookies with his advertisement on them outside a polling place. Any more information on whether the cookies were home made or store bought? Chocolate chip or oatmeal?

dressthebird

Or both...

watson4sherlock

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are good too.

NASCARLOVER

Macadamias’ are tasty also...[thumbup]

hallemd

I can say that it goes straight to character and no matter what he does for the next four years, I can't say I will trust or believe anything that comes out of his crooked little mouth.

dressthebird

Shocking - politicians are sleazy.

runningaddict414

A lawsuit charging the Daceys with slander would fit nicely into their bag of tricks. Something tells me that people who stoop this low have not finished in their quest for power. Magnumm2 is correct: Neither Dacey has ANY honor or moral integrity. Give Phil Dacey the heave-ho. We have enough embarrassment with our current BOCC.

alovelyplace

Hats off to Republicans for calling Dacey out.

BstD59

I wonder what Dacey has against Worman Mill Residents? First he voted against them by voting for the developer changing the original master plan then he has robocalls made to tell them that their voting place changed which was a lie. Sounds to me that he was trying to keep Worman Mill residents from voting against him.

The next robocall is a nasty 11th hour attack on Donna K. The only reason, in my opinion, Dacey would do something so low and so dishonorable is because he feared he would lose. Let me tell him something....he did lose. He lost his honor, people's respect, his credibility, and possibly any opportunity he might have had to improve the City.

If he doesn't resign his seat I believe he is in for a very difficult 4 years because I can't imagine the 4 Democrat Aldermen sitting with him will even bother to give him the time of day. And if the Republican Mayor has any sense of right and wrong he will give Dacey a wide berth as well.

susrobplant

Well Said ^^^^^^^^[thumbup]

magnumrn2

Jarhead, a LOT of people care and that is why this is getting so much press! And, I for one, care, too. First of all, it doesn't matter what party (R or D) was involved, this was wrong in that Donna K paid her taxes and the fine and so it was a lie. Secondly, doing it the evening before the election whereby Donna had no chance to respond was really low class. Third, is it a coincidence that at the same time, robocalls were put out to Worman Mills telling residents that their voting places had changed? I think not. Last but not least, saying that "political campaigns are getting nastier..." is no excuse for continuing the practice. You are apparently a Marine - isn't honor something you swear by? Phil Dacey has no honor and should not be accorded the public trust. I am ashamed for him and his brother, Ted. They are disgraceful. Jean

jarhead

Who cares period? And stop your crying... Mr. Delaney, or his people also did a robo-call. Sticking their noses into local politics urging us to vote for Karen Young. Didn't work. Look at the mater based on the end results. Any new blood in those positions will be a good thing. FYI, political campaigns are getting nastier and nastier.

BstD59

You are a marine or former marine and you condone this behavior? Shame on you. Delaney or his people made robocalls? So because one politician has done so that makes it ok for others to follow suit? Most citizens of Frederick find this kind of behavior deplorable... by anyone. Two wrongs will never make a right. Frederick wants clean campaigning and hopefully this new Board will pass legislation that will ensure candidates campaign for themselves and not against other candidates.

jill king

Big difference between a federal office and a local hometown election.

catcher

Who cares if Dacey apologizes? Does anybody think he'd be sincerely sorry about this? Dacey has already claimed not to have known about the robocall, a claim no one with any brains believes. Kudos to the FNP for calling him out about this.

kjswartz

There's always an act of contrition in every proper apology. Firing the head of Frederick County GOP would do nicely.

magnumrn2

It was good to see an editorial in the FNP that has some meat on it's bones instead of the usual wimpy editorial. And as far as Phil Dacey is concerned, he needs to resign his win and just go away. He is dishonorable and in no way can he ever be a guardian of the public trust. As a matter of fact, the whole Dacey clan seems to be a nest of vipers! Jean

LucyLucy

“If we knew what we know now, we probably would not have made the call,” said Chairwoman Diane Waterman. We have to say, this makes the state GOP look pretty dysfunctional. Stupid, even....Yes indeed Dacey and the Republicans are that special kind of stupid...and sometimes you can't fix stupid.

FreddyFred

Hats off to FNP for stepping up and calling Dacey out!

Crustybachelor

He's starting out as a shamed outcast. The question is whether he'll man up and do the right thing, or just stumble on down the road continuing to do the same thing - and be a tea party political leper.

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