Par­ti­san bick­er­ing a dis­grace to all vot­ers

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Oct. 31, I vol­un­teered at the Gle­nea­gles neigh­bor­hood to help dis­trib­ute lit­er­a­ture for a can­di­date. Upon re­turn­ing home I read the Oct. 31 Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, “Al­ter­ca­tions be­tween elec­tion­eers re­ported.” I can’t speak about the sup­posed in­ci­dent(s) of last week, but I can write about what I saw to­day, Oct. 31, at the Gle­nea­gles early vot­ing lo­ca­tion.

I was dis­tribut­ing cam­paign lit­er­a­ture with my back to the polling place around noon when I heard a ruckus be­hind me. I turned around to see a heated in-your-face dis­cus­sion be­tween a can­di­date and a Demo­cratic vol­un­teer (as ev­i­denced by the lit­er­a­ture she was dis­tribut­ing). The can­di­date then turned his at­ten­tion to other on­look­ers. The fe­male then walked be­hind the can­di­date, shoved him in the back and grabbed lit­er­a­ture out of his back pocket. She then scur­ried off. The can­di­date called the po­lice. He asked me if I wit­nessed the in­ci­dent. I told him yes. Three squad cars showed up and the of­fi­cers spoke with the can­di­date and then they left. They did not ques­tion me as to what I saw. I am as­sum­ing that no re­port was filed. I am fur­ther spec­u­lat­ing that the term “as­sault” car­ries a dif­fer­ent mean­ing when it comes to pol­i­tick­ing in a Demo­cratic strong­hold.

I have lived and voted in Charles County for 44 years. Pre­vi­ous elec­tion­eer­ing was peace­ful and cor­dial be­tween op­po­nents (and their poll work­ers). The more re­cent par­ti­san pol­i­tics and bick­er­ing is a dis­grace to all vot­ers. Sid­ney O. Mar­cus III, Wal­dorf

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