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November 2, 2010

Maryland election 2010: Kratovil stumping for votes

Freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil started the day as the most endangered congressional incumbent in Maryland. He'll end it either as a re-elected representative or a lame duck.

Gus Sentementes
filed this report from Kratovil's day:

Frank Kratovil arrived at the Fallston Diner eager to shake hands and have a cheeseburger. The 1st District Democratic incumbent had been up since 6 a.m., and visiting poll locations all morning.

"Everybody agrees it's going to be close," Kratovil said.

Accompanying him were his four well-behaved young sons, and his 3-month old daughter held by his wife. He entered the diner about 12:30 p.m. and shook hands with several seated patrons, and then sat down with his family, press secretary and driver at tables in a corner. Every few minutes, he popped up from his seat to greet new diners as they entered.

Tim Alston, 37, was surprised to see Kratovil, but the Democratic voter was happy to shake his hand. Alston, a maintenance worker, was eating at the diner counter, and declared to a reporter that he had already voted, including for Kratovil. "If those Republicans get back in, we're in trouble," Alston said.

Kratovil appeared relaxed and smiled frequently. He said that he had done his best in the run-up to the election. "I'm not sure what else I could have done to demonstrate to voters" his qualifications, he said.

"I tend to be more relaxed on election day than any other day," Kratovil said.

For lunch, Kratovil ordered a cheeseburger deluxe, cooked medium, with mayonnaise and fries, and a Diet Coke.

He had spent the morning visiting poll locations in Annapolis and Phoenix. His afternoon schedule includes stops in Phoenix, Abingdon and Pasadena.

Posted by Paul West at 2:54 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Maryland election 2010


Frank deserved another term. He voted his conscience--even when it cost him points with the party bosses; voted the interests of his community.

So that rare type of courage is rewarded how? By replacing Frank with a man so frothy and bilious, that he is actually notorious amongst those who know his reputation.

Frank DESERVED to continue in that job--now who is going to look after our Chesapeake Bay? Who is going to safeguard our state's cherished legacy?

Harris? What a damb shame, we as a people can be so utterly reactive at times.

Did he deserve another term? Maybe, but the Shore has spoken...
Also, I seem to remember someone named AK, who seemed so sure that Kratovil would win. I guaranteed he would win by over 5 and would now like to bask in my glory ;-)

Bill, Kratovil didn't vote his conscience, if you remember the healthcare & stimulus votes, he aong w/ other so called "Blue Dog" Democrats were held back from voting by the Democratic Party Bosses until they knew for sure they had the votes to pass their measures, then they were released by the bosses to vote no so they could beat their chest @ election time & say "I stood up & voted no against healthcare & the stimulus", even thought they wouldn't have if they were told they had to vote yes. I see you bought into his TV commercials, just like the rest of the sheep in Maryland being led off to slaughter!

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