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.