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Supporters Rally to Barkley's Defense

Friends of Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Montgomery), a candidate to succeed Sen. P.J. Hogan in the 39th District in Montgomery County, rallied to his defense this week.

Jan Watson, a Democratic activist in Montgomery, said she represented a large group of Barkley's friends who strongly disagree with a characterization of Barkely in Sunday's Annapolis Notebook. In that item, Barkley acknowledged a perception among some in the General Assembly that he makes some female delegates uncomfortable, although the delegates would not speak publicly. He told the Post that the "innuendoes" were "a bunch of hooey."

Watson said the reporting and the characterization were unfair. "I've known Charlie Barkley for years, and many of us felt that this accusation was completely off-base," Watson said. "He's a good man."

Watson said Barkley has considerable support from women in the legislature.

Meanwhile, Del. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery), who has pulled in and out of the race a few times, is formally back in this week, according to the Democratic Central Committee, which will submit a name to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Aug. 14.

King had said last week that she preferred to stay in the House of Delegates, where she chairs a subcommittee, rather than be a freshman in the Senate. But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) was pressing her hard to get in the race. After meeting with Miller this week, King was back in.

The other candidates competing to succeed Hogan are freshman Del. Saqib Ali and former delegate Gene W. Counihan.

By Lisa Rein  |  August 2, 2007; 10:16 AM ET
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Barkely reminds of Fishbait Miller former longtime Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives who used to shock and amaze by grabbing any woman within sight and giving her a kiss. Only Fishbait was better looking.

Posted by: Fishbait Miller too | August 2, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I know Charlie personally and this is a lot of nonsense.

Charlie is a very good guy. He is decent and honorable and has been a champion for his district and especially for education.

This is obviously some very desperate attempt to smear an otherwise spotless man.

I've been around Charlie in social situations and business situations and he is the model of what a delegate should be.

Posted by: Evan West | August 7, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I would also submit that the first post in this thread constitutes a personal attack and should be removed per the Post's blog rules.

Posted by: Evan West | August 7, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Any elected official like Barkely above, who considers himself beyond public comment, should find himself another line of work.

Posted by: Beyond comment | August 9, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Apparently it is true; for, Barkely withdrew

Posted by: It is true | August 15, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The comments and innuendo about Barkley are outrageous and spread by Saqib Ali. Good thing the Central Committee did not pick someone of such low integrity. Ali, you are ambition without ability!

Posted by: ForShameSaqib | August 16, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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