Frederick County political leadership should condemn the deceitful and cynical way in which the Maryland Senate Democratic Caucus Committee just tried to meddle in the 3rd Senate District Republican primary, as Allen Etzler reports in his column.

In a mailing to Republicans, this Democratic committee has tried to repeat the so-called Todd Akin gambit, an instant legend among political buffs, in which vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) managed to save her seat by influencing Republican primary voters to pick the weakest and most easily beaten of the candidates against her.

In the same way, the new Democratic mailer to Republican voters, disguising itself very thinly as criticism, aims to boost the Senate candidacy of County Councilman Billy Shreve, who has struggled to raise funds and is seen as less likely to take the seat away from Sen. Ron Young than Republican rival Craig Giangrande, an energetic and well-qualified campaigner whose record and positions align well with the preferences of the median District 3 voter.

Both Shreve and Young need to disavow this dishonest mailer, not dance coyly around its implications. And Republican primary voters in District 3 should not be fooled by it.

Walter Olson

New Market

(7) comments

threecents

Who is Craig Giangrande? If Ron manages to win his primary, then he is a shoe-in for the general election.

jerseygrl42

Shreve is a phony and an obnoxious clown, if these are the skills one is seeking then by all means vote for him

threecents

I do not understand how you can notice that about Shreve and not recognize it in Trump.

DickD

No matter where you are on the ballot, Democrat or Republican, you are in it to win. In this case Billy gets help and he needs it. So, he will never complain and his opponent is most likely going to win anyway. Kind of makes you wonder why anyone would try to get him elected.

pamona

Condemn the flyer - it should be condemned, but why limit yourself to pointing out other democratic deceitfulness? There are plenty of examples of Republicans doing similar things. Let's condemn it all.

klewisyoung

In fact, the R's introduced this tactic several weeks ago by attacking Aruna Miller. Rumor has it that the purpose was to encourage support for Miller so that Hoeber could run against Miller instead of Trone. Where was the outrage then?

DickD

Walt, you are implying Ron is sending out the mailers, supporting Billy? Could be, but why would Billy want them to stop?

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