IN OTHER WORDS: A whopper of a campaign story
The Brinkley campaign took Mr. Bartlett to task last week, accusing the 85-year-old congressman’s campaign of implying in a mailer that Mr. Brinkley has been complicit in Maryland’s regularly escalating state budgets.
The dust-up came a week after Brinkley campaign spokesman Don Murphy accused fellow GOP primary candidate Delegate Kathryn L. Afzali of embellishing her legislative accomplishments and suggested her campaign “whoppers” make her better suited to work at Burger King than in a state or national legislature.
This time, in response to the slight from the Bartlett campaign, Mr. Murphy issued a news release that blasted Mr. Bartlett’s “anemic record” and accused his campaign of exaggerating Maryland’s budget growth while neglecting to mention that Mr. Brinkley often has opposed budgets in the decidedly blue state.
So while it’s probably never a good idea to invoke Sept. 11 in the name of political mudslinging, it’s not like the Brinkley campaign had much to lose.
Best laid plans
A 4 p.m. news conference on Capitol Square in Richmond on Thursday would be held to thank supporters for gathering the requisite number of signatures to get him on the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate in June.
Only problem? He didn’t show up.
The reason? A late delivery of 100 signatures from Northern Virginia (candidates must submit 10,000 signatures, with at least 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts) diverted campaign staff to a “search and rescue” mission while new paperwork had to be crafted to reflect the new total.
“At 3:45 we were headed to the scheduled press conference at the Capitol Grounds Bell Tower when the call came,” Jackson campaign manager Gregory Aldridge said in a statement. “I had to decide between utilizing the extra one-hundred signatures and making it to the press conference. We only get one chance to get the submission of materials right with the state board of elections. … The state would obviously not give us a second chance, but I hope the journalists who waited for us at the bell tower will. I am truly sorry to have wasted their valuable time.”
The last-minute flurry apparently was worth it. The Republican Party of Virginia certified Mr. Jackson’s candidacy Friday evening after he turned in 11,188 petition signatures just ahead of the deadline Thursday.
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