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Monday, December 15, 2003

Maryland's Online Skirmish

Roll Call reports a new web site that attacks Rep. Bartlett as the primary for Congress in Maryland’s 6th heats up:

George Rasley, a veteran Republican operative, put out the word last week that he had created a new Web site to, in his words, “expose” GOP Members of Congress who aren’t as conservative as they make themselves out to be. So far the site, www.honestyincongress.com, features just one offender: Six-term Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).

Why Bartlett? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Rasley is a top campaign strategist for Bartlett’’s challenger in the March 2004 GOP primary, Frederick County States Attorney Scott Rolle (R).

Of course, online sources tend to have some energy, as a message questioning Rep. Al Wynn on a Maryland message board indicates:

First, Wynn's constituent service operation is a joke -- I, like many Democrats in PG and Montgomery
counties, have never received replies to regular letters and calls, except for a glossy flier that did
not answer my questions.

Second, Wynn consistently fails to push for the interests of his constituents, so those who know what
he actually does in the House are the least interested in promoting him.

And also in today’s news (from Georgia) Baltimore’s Rep. Elijah Cummings, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, endorsed Howard Dean, telling Dean: ''I thank you for making the dreams of African Americans and all people your dreams.''