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Wynn Accused of Inflating His List of Endorsements

Democratic Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin joins hands during a prayer with Paula Stephens of Baltimore County during services at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale.
Democratic Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin joins hands during a prayer with Paula Stephens of Baltimore County during services at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale. (By Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)

"We believe [it] is inappropriate and inaccurate to claim that the Teamsters have endorsed your campaign," Buie wrote.

Edwards's campaign also raised questions this weekend about whether Wynn violated rules on so-called "franked" mail.

Regulations prohibit members of Congress from sending taxpayer-financed mass mailings 90 days before an election.

Edwards aides pointed to a "Pass It On" newsletter dated Sept. 8 that was distributed to constituents in Wynn's district, which includes parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.

Clifton said the mailing went to about 400 people who had signed up for it. Franking rules apply only to mailings sent to 500 or more constituents.

In a statement yesterday, Wynn brushed off Edwards's questions.

"I have run a positive campaign and have refuted all her desperate, 11th-hour claims," Wynn said. "I am confident that my supporters will not be duped by these ongoing negative attacks."

Van Hollen Steps In

Van Hollen (D-Md.) formally threw his support yesterday behind American University law professor Jamie Raskin , who is challenging incumbent state Sen. Ida G. Ruben (D-Montgomery) in tomorrow's primary.

Van Hollen told a group of Raskin supporters in Takoma Park that he had planned to stay out of the race but that the "garbage" Ruben is sending in the mail persuaded him to endorse Raskin.

Ruben's latest mailer includes a photo of a smiling President Bush with a cartoon bubble coming from his mouth that reads: "Thanks Jamie!" The mailer asserts that Raskin helped elect Bush in 2000 by supporting the third-party candidacy of Ralph Nader.

Kevin Zeese , a former Nader aide who is running as a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate, said the attack is off base.

Raskin, he said, advocated an initiative that paired Nader backers who agreed to vote for Democrat Al Gore in competitive states with Gore backers who would vote for Nader in noncompetitive states. In fact, Zeese said, the scheme protected Gore, Zeese said.


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