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Candidate Praisner Undergoing Health Tests

Democratic candidates in the Montgomery County Council District 4 special election debated in a fast-paced, sometimes tense discussion last night at White Oak Middle School. Absent from the event, though, was candidate Don Praisner, the widower of the late council member Marilyn Praisner who died in February after heart surgery.

Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, who stood in briefly for Don Praisner, said he was not feeling well and "out of an abundance of caution" was having a series of tests run at a nearby hospital. "He's fine," she told the audience, adding that he would bring "independence, integrity and a real commitment to residents."

Eric Hensal, Praisner's campaign manager, today said Praisner would also miss the League of Women Voters debate that will be televised on cable before the April 15 primary election because he is returning to the hospital for tests that conflict with the taping.

"He's feeling much better today...But once you get into the medical system, they want to test," he said.

Hensal said he did not know the details of what led Praisner, who is in his 70s, to the doctor in the first place.

By Ann Marimow  |  April 3, 2008; 6:14 PM ET
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In addition to missing the county council forum at Bel Pre Elementary on Monday, last night's Democratic forum, and tomorrow night's taping, Praisner has not shown up for an inverview with Just Up the Pike blog, which has interviewed all the candidates. He is 76 years old and his heart has not been in this campaign as has been evident at the two forums he did attend where he read the same opening and same closing statements at both forums.

Posted by: Praisner will drop out | April 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Praisner is trying to win his wife's seat and he should get it anyway. He is older than 70 and is undergoing stress that he is not accustomed to. It would not surprise me for the county to press for him to drop out and push Nancy Navarro as the county gives special privileges to minorities. I personally will vote for Don Praisner.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | April 3, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If you can't stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: Harry Truman, Independence Missouri | April 3, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve Kanstoroom has the longest history of working with the civic associations of Montgomery County. Plus he asks the tough financial questions.

Posted by: Kanstoroom is best! | April 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve Kanstoroom has the longest history of working with the civic associations of Montgomery County. Plus he asks the tough financial questions.

Posted by: Kanstoroom is best! | April 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Why should anyone care whether a candidate sits down with a college student who happens to have a blog? Given how much Mr. JUTP, Dan Reed, slobbered all over Nancy Navarro, I wouldn't talk to him either if I were Don Praisner. Dan has a wonderful knack for skewing his "interview" posts to suit his opinion of the interviewee. Hardly "journalistic" there, Dan.

It's pretty straightforward, actually. Nancy's for more development, Dan agrees, so Dan's for Nancy. No big surprise there.

Posted by: No fan of Dan | April 3, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This whole Praisner debacle is a result of two groups of politicians putting themselves and their own selfish interests ahead of the people of District 4.

On the one hand we have Jerry Weast, Nancy Navarro, Valerie Ervin and the school union which wants a 30% pay raise. When Cable Channel 21 send out its fax at 5:15 p.m. saying that Don Praisner wouldn't appear for the telecast forum, Weast, Navarro, Ervin and the 30% pay increase bunch waited approximately 30 seconds before calling the Washington Post which printed the above article at 6:14 p.m. Weast, Navarro, Ervin and the union have been meeting to discuss ways to flip off the people of District 4 and get their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and build their empire.

On the other hand, had we have Ike Leggett, Duchy Trachtenberg, Phil Andrews, Marc Elrich, and Roger Berliner who were blindsided by Marilyn Praisner's death and who postponed the choosing of replacement election dates so that they could hand-pick a "yes" vote to serve their purposes. They knew Don Praisner had the name recognition and they didn't care that this 76 year old grandfather was a physical and emotional wreck. Nor did they give a thought to the predilections of the people of the 4th District.

And of course, the Washington Post, whose definition of Montgomery County extends to a radius of 100 meters from its office at 51 Monroe Street in Rockville, went along.

How anybody from the 4th District of the County Council could support either of these two unscrupulous groups is beyond me. If these two groups can believe that selfishness is a virtue, people of the 4th District, you can too. Vote for somebody else who will have the interests of the the District in first place. If you can't see through the smoke, may the Lord have mercy on your souls.

Posted by: Put the People First | April 4, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

I am astounded by the tone of the sniping here.

Mr Praisner must be not merely stressed, but deeply suffering with grief over the loss of his wife of so many years. To be suddenly thrust into this political free-for-all must be adding insult to injury, and the insults seen here are getting to be beyond the pale. It's no signal of a gentleman to take cheap shots at the bereaved.

In any case, there is a wide field of candidates and you never know about these Montgomery voters.

They might even vote for me: is my Campaign Blog.

That is where you will find my positions and ideas. I don't think any of you could possibly find fault with my positions and proposals, though you're welcome to try. Comments are enabled, though not anonymous postings.

In the meantime, best wishes and a speedy recovery for Mr Praisner.

Posted by: Thomas Hardman | April 5, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Don Praisner is a good man who was imposed upon in his time of grief by Ike Leggett and Marc Elrich. He went along with running for his wife's seat on the County Council and is now paying the price in terms of his health. The real question is: Why were Leggett and Elrich so threatened by the idea of an open, free election in the 4th District? Are they afraid that the public doesn't agree with their anti-growth views?

Posted by: sorry for Don Praisner | April 5, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Hundreds of people go for medical testing every day in this area. This is not new. Most have to adjust their schedules to do it. When the most senior of the District 4 candidates recently underwent some medical testing, the other candidates exploited the situation and showed their true colors without any way of knowing what was really happening. To me, that's repugnant. Is that the kind of person I want representing my and my family's interests in Rockville? Of course not. Kudos to those who have had the class and maturity not to take cheap shots. I will be voting for Mr. Praisner because I know that he will continue the work his wife was doing, which is what I voted for repeatedly in the past. District 4 is significantly better off because of the Praisners.

Posted by: Reality | April 7, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Reality, for making sense!

Posted by: Gracias | April 8, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

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