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October 16, 2008

Is Roscoe in a real race?

The state Democratic Party is sending around a poll it commissioned showing long-time GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett running just 6 points ahead of Democrat Jennifer Dougherty in the race for the 6th District in Western Maryland.

Considering Roscoe beat his Democratic opponent (a real, live Iraq war vet) 59-38 two years ago, and Dougherty lost her re-election bid as Frederick mayor in the Democratic primary three years ago 57-43, this would count as major proof of a big Democratic surge, if true.

The intensity of the Harris-Kratovil race on the Eastern Shore is giving Maryland Dems big dreams of picking up a seat they never really expected to get, but Western Maryland? Really? So far, this one has been comparatively quiet, and the objective data doesn't point to a close race. The October reports with the FEC show Dougherty raised $30,432.07 in the last three months and has $27,986.80 on hand. Bartlett, on the other hand, raised $78,538.91 and had $374,142.18 in the bank. You'd think if he were worried, he'd be dipping more heavily into that account.

Then again, maybe he's just cocky after that big Esquire endorsement.

Posted by Andy Green at 11:47 AM | | Comments (3)


I can't believe Esquire magazine has endorsed Bartlett. As a Western Maryland native, Bartlett has done nothing for Allegany County. He doesn't represent the values of me, my family or my friends. Esquire can say how he's one of the good old boys of yesterday, but they don't have to live with him deciding important issues. Besides being anti-FDR does nothing for my district.

As far as I'm concerned, Bartlett is rich, old and extremely out of touch. He wouldn't know a working class voter from Garret or Allegany counties even if his life depended on it.

Obvioisly the previous poster has never spoken with or seen Congressman Bartlett. Bartlett is one who YEARS ago predicted the current energy crisis. He is one of the few who actually listen and represents his constituents. His staff is top notch. Unlike Cardin, he answers all questions presented to him. He is one of the few congressmen we need to keep. Once should try and get to know the man before being so critical. Roscoe has represented Carroll county faithfully and will get the majority of our votes here.

I'm disappointed with the Second poster Roscoe is out of touch livewiremd besides where do you live it dosen't sound like you live in Allegany County. I agree with Megan he is out of touch not only with the Working class but with everyone else. Roscoe in all his 15 years in Congress he only came 15 to 20 times in 15 times what a joke hes even been to other areas east of Allegany County more then that many times like 100 or more times. Can you image Robert Byrd the Senator have been to his state like 10 times in 50 years and if he did he would been out of office long ago. On November 4th the CD-6 should vote him out.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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