Campaigning as usual bad for one businessman

Onetime TEA Party organizer and Wicomico County Council hopeful Chris Lewis is also a business owner. And while he’s not a complete stranger to the political process, recent events surrounding his downtown Salisbury deli have left a sour taste in his mouth.

It started last week when a representative of Andy Harris’s campaign contacted Lewis about stopping by his deli as part of a business tour through Salisbury’s downtown area. Last Monday the stop was called off, only to be re-added to the schedule the next day on one stipulation – Lewis, who supports Andy’s GOP opponent Rob Fisher, would have to take Fisher’s signage down.

“I had no problem with that,” said Chris. But just hours before the scheduled appearance to discuss economic issues with the businessman, Andy’s campaign backed off.

Oddly enough, incumbent Congressman Frank Kratovil had campaigned in downtown Salisbury days before with Mayor Jim Ireton. But Lewis’s deli was skipped as Kratovil was “picking and choosing” which businesses to enter.

That was an attitude Chris didn’t care for too much. “If they win, they’re still supposed to represent you,” he said. “If I want someone to act like a Democrat, I’ll vote for the Democrat.”

Needless to say, the snub by Harris didn’t sit well. There’s “no way I can support (Harris),” said Lewis. His staff “made a bad call” by canceling the appearance and playing politics.

Lewis, who reluctantly registered as a Republican after years of being independent – including a 1998 County Council run as an unaffiliated candidate – in order to facilitate ballot access, is running for one of the two at-large seats on the Wicomico County Council. He’ll need to survive the September 14 primary against two other opponents to advance.

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Sharptown/MD American Legion Candidate Meet and Greet

SHARPTOWN AMERICAN LEGION MEET AND GREET

LOCATED AT 204 STATE STREET IN SHARPTOWN
**VERY MUCH OPEN TO THE PUBLIC**

AUGUST 29TH FROM 2-4PM

FOR THE PEOPLE TO HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK QUESTIONS OF CANDIDATES DIRECTLY. NO PREPARED SPEECHES WILL BE GIVEN.

SOME OF THE CANDIDATES INVITED:
-CHRIS LEWIS
-BRIAN MURPHY
-ROB FISHER
-ANDY HARRIS
-BOB CULVER
-MATT HOLLOWAY
-RICHARD COLBURN
-STEVIE PRETTYMAN
-JOHN BAKER
-MIKE BREWINGTON
-ED TAYLOR
-RUDY CANE
-MIKE CALPINO
-DUSTIN MILLS

THIS EVENT IS PLANNED BY CHRIS LEWIS FOR WICOMICO COUNTY COUNCIL AT LARGE.

By authority of Ralph Cordrey, Treasurer

**Bringing accountability, accessibility, responsibility and representation back to local government.**

FISHER: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Democrats Continue Ruinous Economic Policies,
Special Interest Payoffs While Americans Suffer

(Salisbury) – Republican small businessman and Eastern Shore native Rob Fisher released the following statement regarding today’s sobering economic news:

“Last month our economy lost another 131,000 jobs and unemployment remained alarmingly high at 9.5%, yet Nancy Pelosi and Frank Kratovil continue to pursue the same flawed and failing policies that have resulted in fewer jobs and mountains of debt for all Americans. If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, this has to be the most absurd Congress in our history.
Since the passage of the so-called stimulus Maryland has lost over 14,000 jobs, but Kratovil and his fellow Democrats remain intent on rewarding the special interest groups that got them elected and pursuing economic policies that have failed throughout the world. It’s clear the only jobs career politicians are interested in saving are their own.

It’s time we held our representatives accountable for their actions. We need people in Washington who understand that small businesses, not the government, create jobs, and who will fight to fix our economy and get our fiscal house back in order. The First District deserves a Congressman who will listen to his constituents, stand up to career politicians and Put Maryland First.”

ROB FISHER FILES WITH MD BOARD OF ELECTIONS

(Salisbury) – Republican Rob Fisher today filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections, officially entering the race for Maryland’s First Congressional District seat. A small businessman, veteran and Eastern Shore native, Fisher is looking to bring real leadership to Washington that puts the needs of Maryland residents first.

“Like many Marylanders I am outraged by career politicians in Washington who are turning a deaf ear to their constituents while deficits balloon out of control and our economy continues to stumble,” said Fisher. “It’s clear we need to change the kind of people we send to Congress in order to get our country back on track and stop the reckless spending that threatens to bankrupt America for decades to come.”

Fisher, a small businessman with six generations of roots on the Eastern Shore, wants to tear down the barriers to success imposed on small businesses by Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats.

“This Congress and this President are more interested in rewarding the special interests that got them elected than in helping small businesses grow and prosper,” said Fisher. “It’s clear that Democrats’ long-term goal is the drastic expansion of government at the expense of the private sector. Government should be businesses greatest cheerleader, not its biggest detractor, and my policy toward small business will be based on one simple question: ‘How can we help you succeed?'”

Fisher has been running an issues-based, grassroots campaign focused on bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to Congress to help jump-start America’s economy and rein in out-of-control spending.

“Career politicians have had their chance. The First District deserves a representative who understand the needs of his constituents and will Put Maryland First.”

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DEMOCRATS TRAMPLE CONSTITUTION

Rob Fisher For Congress:

DEMOCRATS TRAMPLE CONSTITUTION
DISCLOSE Act Makes a Mockery of First Amendment

(Salisbury) – Republican Rob Fisher, a small businessman and candidate for Congress in Maryland’s First District, today released the following statement on the House passage of the DISCLOSE Act:

“Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats once again showed their utter contempt for the American people and our Constitution. The DISCLOSE Act is a blatant trampling on the First Amendment designed to protect Democrat interest groups in an election year and stifle any dissent or opposition.

This is just another example of Democrats ignoring the Constitution whenever it suits their needs in an attempt to stay in power and pursue a radical agenda against American taxpayers and businesses. I can only hope the Senate has the good sense to recognize this bill for what it is and send it to a speedy death.

The fact Democrats in Congress were so eager to protect special interests who pour millions into their campaign coffers and silence all opposition underscores the urgent need for real leadership in Washington. As Americans continue to suffer under the strain of high unemployment the only jobs Democrats are interested in protecting are their own.”

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Rob Fisher: Congress Guilty of Desertion

New Decade, New Leadership

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June 25,2010

FISHER: CONGRESS GUILTY OF DESERTION
Democrats? decision to not submit a budget an
historic slap in the face to every American

(Salisbury) ? Republican Rob Fisher, a small businessman and candidate
for Congress in Maryland?s First District, today released the
following statement on the historic failure of Congress to pass a
budget:

?Not passing a budget is desertion of duty, plain and simple. Ever
since this Congress and this President took office, they have been
shirking their Constitutional responsibilities to the American
taxpayers to blatantly pander to the special interests that got them
elected.

This Congress believes it is not accountable to the American people,
that the Treasury is a blank check to be used to reward Democrat
interest groups and balloon the deficit even higher while our economy
continues to founder and millions remain unemployed.

At a time when Americans are pleading with their elected
representatives to stand up and lead, Democrats in Congress continue
to turn a deaf ear to their constituents and refuse to do their job.
Frank Kratovil, Nancy Pelosi and the career politicians have had their
chance. It?s time we sent people to Washington who understand the
needs of those they represent and put their constituents first.?

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ROB FISHER LAUNCHES TV CAMPAIGN

(Salisbury) – Republican entrepreneur and Eastern Shore native Rob Fisher today announced the launch of the first television ads in the campaign for Maryland’s 1st District Congressional seat.

“Over the last few months, I have met hundreds of Marylanders and I’m very excited by the strong encouragement I have received so far,” said Fisher. “Our media strategy combined with our grassroots outreach will strongly increase First District voters’ awareness that they finally have a choice: Instead of another career politician, they can send a Representative to Congress with real-world experience who will put people ahead of party and help lead our country back to prosperity.”

The initial ad begins airing Wednesday June 9 and highlights Fisher’s business experience and the need to change the way things are done in Washington. It is the first in a series of ads that will run through the Republican primary on September 14.

“Voters need to know there is an alternative to politics as usual in this election,” said Fisher. “First District residents want a representative who will put Maryland first and work to solve our problems, instead of blindly following Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats as they push our economy off a cliff with job-killing programs and runaway spending.”

The ad will also be available on the campaign’s website, www.robfisherforcongress.com beginning June 9.