Despite Draft Effort, Duncan Spokesman Declines to Run for House of Delegates

By Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Until the deadline for the fall elections passed on Monday, it looked for a fleeting moment as if the name of Douglas M. Duncan's longtime PR machine would be on the ballot when for the first time in many elections his boss's would not.

The morning after Duncan (D) pulled out of the governor's race, his spokesman David Weaver started getting calls from politically connected friends urging him to run for delegate in District 18, Weaver said. The District includes parts of Kensington, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring.

All three incumbent delegates -- Richard S. Madaleno Jr. , Ana Sol Gutierrez and Jane E. Lawton -- have encouraged him. Madaleno has his sights set on the seat of Sen. Sharon M. Grosfeld (D), who is not seeking reelection.

"It's flattering to be encouraged to run," Weaver said. "But I'm going to focus on helping Doug Duncan finish his term in office."

Like any good politician, he added: and "spend a little bit more time with my family."

Weaver ran unsuccessfully for the seat in 1990, when he was 28 years old.

"I didn't know anything then," he joked. "I still don't."

Pooch Power

If a dog really is a man's best friend, District 20 Senate candidate Jamie Raskin just might be onto something with his campaign's latest door-knocking gimmick. Raskin, who is challenging longtime Sen. Ida G. Ruben (D), has started handing out doggie treats to canines he encounters while scouting neighborhoods for votes.

The "liver biscotti" are emblazoned with a photo of Zola Raskin , the candidate's English springer spaniel, and the slogan "Jamie Is a Democrat in Dogged Pursuit of the Common Good," as well as a reminder to vote for him on Sept. 12.

Raskin said the treats were developed to keep him "from getting mauled" and "drowned out by barking" when talking to voters.

In the spring, Raskin passed out packets of seeds from Maryland's state flower -- the black-eyed Susan -- that he called "Seeds of Change."

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