Franchot Seeks Second Term as Comptroller
Montgomery County's Peter Franchot (D), who has often cast himself as a fiscal hawk and outsider in Annapolis, will seek a second term as state Comptroller.
Franchot, 61, announced his re-election bid Friday in a shaky, 1-minute You Tube video posted on his Web site - a simple beginning partially explained by the fact he's yet to draw a serious challenger.
"I love being comptroller," Franchot begins, smiling into the camera, on a sidewalk in Annapolis after filing his re-election papers. Franchot quickly asserts he's delivered on a 2006 campaign promise to be a good steward of the state office charged with collecting taxes and deciding state contracts.
Franchot says he's rewarded residents and business who do the right thing and pay their taxes on time "by leaving you alone and focusing on those small number of Marylanders who cheat on their taxes, aggressively enforcing state tax law."
The former state delegate from Montgomery for 20 years also offers a nod to disagreements he's had in the past with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and others in his own party about issues such as slots, which he opposed.
"I've also tried to be an independent voice and a fiscal watchdog and I've been willing to put my hand up and object from time to time when I see a project that's a waste of taxpayers' money," Franchot says. "I think in these hard economic times that kind of leadership is called for."
It's not Franchot's first video, his state Web site is now adorned with one of him walking onto the screen to talk tax policy.
On his campaign Web site, Franchot has begun seeking contributions. In the 2006 election cycle, which included a primary victory over William Donald Schaefer, the former governor and Baltimore mayor, and a general election defeat of Republican Anne McCarthy, Franchot's campaign raised over $1 million, including a hefty personal loan to his campaign.
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