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Ficker and Navarro Appear in Televised Debate

Still undecided about next week's special election in Montgomery County for an open seat on the council?

Catch a lively televised debate between two of the candidates - Republican Robin Ficker and Democrat Nancy Navarro - tonight at 9 p.m. on Channel 16's Political Pulse with Charles Duffy. The debate will be rebroadcast on Monday, the eve of the election, at 7:30 p.m.

Also on the ballot in Tuesday's election for the District 4 seat is Green Party candidate George Gluck.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 14, 2009; 11:27 AM ET
 
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Navarro claims to be a hero of working families.

Then why didn’t the Navarro family business, Regent Hospitality Group, pay unemployment taxes in ALL of 2005 and ALL of 2006.

When businesses don’t remit payroll taxes, they are using employees’ money to fund business operations or the personal lifestyle of the businesses’ owners. When unemployment insurances taxes are not paid to the government, general revenues have to be tapped to make up for the loss to the programs’ trust funds. This fraud an abuse must be stopped!

After numerous communications, multiple Tax Liens were placed on the Navarro family business, including one in the Baltimore City Circuit Court, to force payment.

In January of 2008 A JUDGEMENT WAS REACHED against the Navarro family business. And the payment was not made until April of 2008, before Navarro’s 2008 Special Election Primary.

First, her campaign said it was not her husband’s business. Then, Navarro said it was back in 1999. Last night at a forum, Navarro’s spin was that it was all a big mistake made by the State of Maryland, and paid in 2008.

Nancy Killefer, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Chief Performance Officer withdrew, because of her failure to pay employment taxes for household help.

Nancy Navarro is an embarrassment to the Democratic Party and should end her candidacy.

Mark D. Fennel
Republican Nominee for District #4 County Council Seat in 2008 and Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor

Posted by: mfennel1 | May 14, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore, if Nancy Navarro had any direct, or indirect control over the Navarro family business, according to the attorney for the Maryland State Ethics commission, she was required by law to report the judgment on her financial disclosure forms, which she did not.

Mark D. Fennel
Republican Nominee for District #4 County Council Seat in 2008 and Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor

Posted by: mfennel1 | May 14, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Despite this fraud and abuse perpetrated by the Navarro Family Business, according to reports, Regent Hospitality Group recently received a $7 million Minority Contract from the Department of Homeland Security.

Mark D. Fennel
Republican Nominee for District #4 County Council Seat in 2008 and Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor

Posted by: mfennel1 | May 14, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

If Ms. Navarro did such a great job as Board of Education President for two years, how come MCPS teachers are on the Internet begging for donations for classroom instructional materials?

http://parentscoalitionmc.blogspot.com/2009/05/teachers-beg-on-donorschooseorg.html

Where is the $2.1 billion MCPS Operating Budget going if not to classrooms?

Posted by: jzsartucci | May 14, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I saw the debate on Channel 16 tonight. Navarro has taken 62% of her contributions from developers. She will want to pave over the 4th district. As a Democrat, I'll vote for Robin Ficker to fill the last 18 months of the Praisner term.

Posted by: barbaraj1 | May 14, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

There seems to be a lot of GOP and fake-democrat hatred of Board Member Navarro. I'd encourage the GOP to try to win on issues of local governance to win some Democratic votes.

Smear blogging and personal attacks against the Democrat candidate don't really help your cause. Most front-runner candidates are targets of "developer" contributions...in EVERY county.

Also, its a bit hypocritical for republicans to blame Navarro for deficits when clearly the national economic crisis caused by the Bush/Cheney administration slapped every state and county in the U.S. with shrinking revenue.

Again, if Ficker and his supporters hope to win over enough Democrats to be competitive, they should speak to the issues of what a council member will vote on and the issues of ensuring District 4 quality of life is maintained during a time of national economic crisis.

TGIF and good luck to the candidates.

Posted by: free-donny | May 15, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Our district is a green district. Navarro and the developers, who are financing 62% of her campaign, want to smear our area with concrete and high-rises. Any Democrat can understand she does not deserve our vote for that reason alone.

Posted by: barbaraj1 | May 15, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

OK, my advice to Ficker and the republicans on that "green" issue and development would be to form an honest position if the issue is raised in debate.

If the debate is for real, then the questions will be focused on votes and decisions that the district 4 Council member will preside over once elected. In other words, this should be treated like a real job ... one could start with the last five decisions the council faced and look forward to the next five the council will face.

It just sounds like the same old GOP smears and straw-men. Democrats and most Americans are tired of that and we are interested in getting the job done. That being said, the "green" issue is a real one - probably nowhere else as it is in MoCo...except perhaps California.

Posted by: free-donny | May 15, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Navararo would be the most liberal council member. She would give away the store. Anybody but her.

Posted by: littleaudrey | May 15, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I think Ficker cleans the clock of wildly unpopular Navarro, who has little personal appeal, 60 to 40. He even has the TV debate up on his website. www.robinrealty.org

Posted by: jason14 | May 15, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Post by Mark D. Fennel -- Robin Ficker Campaign Advisor

Not an endorsement; however, see what others say about Robin Ficker.

May 11, 2009

Mr. Robin Ficker
c/o Robin Realty
9601 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Dear Mr. Ficker:

On behalf of the 362,000 members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), more than 1,000 of whom live in Montgomery County, I write to congratulate you for your hard work on behalf of overtaxed residents. Having lived in Silver Spring for 21 years now, I’ve personally admired your commitment and energy.

As you know, NTU is one of the country’s largest and oldest grassroots taxpayer organizations. Since our founding in 1969, we have sought to provide every American with the advice and encouragement to become a taxpayer activist in his or her own community. Our members have participated in all of the major tax limitation ballot measure campaigns of the modern tax revolt, from California’s Proposition 13 in 1978 to Colorado’s Amendment 1 in 1992 to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights proposal in Maine this year.

Along those lines, we were thrilled to see your property tax accountability measure win passage in the fall of 2008. Your victory last year, after some three decades of trying to limit taxes in Montgomery County, is to my knowledge a national record for one individual’s persistence in attempting to pass a taxpayer protection measure at the local level.

This is but one reason why you have been invited to address next month the attendees of our National Taxpayers Conference, the country’s premier biennial event for tax activists. Conference participants will greatly benefit from hearing about how you managed to prevail against such difficult odds. Your success can and should earn you national stature as a tenacious tax-fighter.

It is vital for advocates of lower taxes, limited government, and accountability for elected officials to remain engaged in fiscal policy. Your dedication to these principles has been truly admirable, and I have no doubt that you will remain a positive force for taxpayers in your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Pete Sepp
Vice President for Policy and Communications


Posted by: mfennel1 | May 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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