If this action is any indication, Maryland Progressives may soon start to take Bartlett to task for his incompetent governance.
Bartlett is the kind of incumbent who thinks he can simply ignore his critics, even when they are constituents:
Progressive Maryland Community Organizer Tony Passarelli said supporting the education bill was common sense. The group wanted to afford Mr. Bartlett the opportunity to voice his views, he said.
"We fully expected to see him here ..." Mr. Passarelli said. "The fact that he's not here today says a lot about him and his priorities towards education."
Seeing as the NEA has given Rep. Bartlett a 17% rating I think his priorities on education are already clear.
While I support and applaud Progressive Maryland for this calling out, I wonder whether such a small issue will resonate or even be heard by the voters in the 6th who matter to this race. Accountability is great, and if anything, this helps Andrew Duck, but I still am trying to think about an issue that could turn the tide against Republicans in Western Maryland. Education will NOT be it, IMHO.
I am going to keep thinking on this. Check out the link to Rep. Bartlett's record and see what you think. Leave suggestions in the comments. Heck, Bartlett could even decide to retire in the next two years, he is getting up there. Wouldn't it be great to see Western Maryland go Blue in '08? The closest challenge to Bartlett came when MD-06 was up for grabs in 1992. Democrat Thomas Hattery got 45% of the vote to Bartlett's 54%. The seat was in Democratic hands from 1971-1993. There should be lots of new voters in CACO and FRCO due to development.
This seat can be taken back.