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Franchot goes after Schaefer

Del. Peter Franchot (D-Montgomery) turned more aggressive today in his bid for comptroller, purchasing an ad in the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper that attacks the incumbent for alleged racial insensitivity.

The ad features a large picture of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D) with a quizzical look on his face and asks: "Does this man deserve four more years as Comptroller?"

The ad goes on to assert that Schaefer, a former governor and Baltimore mayor, "has demonstrated insensitivity, intimidation and abuse towards Maryland's minority communities."

Among the examples are comments Schaefer made last year regarding the renaming of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport to include the name of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The Board of Public Works, a three-member panel of which Schaefer sits, was required to sign off on the change. During public comments, Schaefer said: "This is wrong, and it shouldn't be done." He wound up abstaining from the vote.

"It's really kind of sad that Peter's running this kind of campaign," Schaefer spokesman Laslo Boyd said today.
Boyd said Schaefer is running for re-election based on his record as comptroller, and "this ad isn't focused on the real issues affecting the job of comptroller."

Anne Arundel Executive Janet S. Owens is also challenging Schaefer, 84, for the Democratic nomination.

By John Wagner  |  July 28, 2006; 2:35 PM ET
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