William Campbell for Comptroller

The position of Comptroller of Maryland is not one that is readily understood by a lot of Marylanders. The position goes so far beyond just keeping an eye on the money; it involves tax collection and most important a seat on the state Board of Public Works. The position is that of the Chief Financial Officer of the state. Often times the Maryland Republican Party puts up candidates for Comptroller that are fiscally responsible but do not necessarily bring a specific skill set to the job.

This is not one of those years.

William Campbell is one of the three Republican candidates for Comptroller in this years election. Instead of being a politician like Louis Goldstein, William Donald Schaefer, or incumbent Comptroller Peter Franchot, William Campbell is actually a guy who has two decades of experience as a CFO, often times being responsible for budgets larger than or state budget. Campbell has been an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Chief Financial Officer for the Coast Guard, Chief Financial Officer for Amtrak, and a financial consultant that helps companies turn their fortunes around. His entire career has been predicated on the concept of coming into organizations and bureaucracies that are in fiscal trouble and fixing the problems that ail them…..kinda sounds like Annapolis, does it not.

William Campbell may be the most qualified individual to run for Comptroller in the history of Maryland. Which is why Red Maryland endorses William Campbell for Comptroller.

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It is so vitally important that we have a good qualified candidate to run in this election. Campbell’s qualifications run circles around those of current Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot of course spent twenty years as the most liberal Democrat in the Maryland House of Delegates before his stunning and lucky upset of William Donald Schaefer in the 2006 Democratic Primary. Since his election he has had quixotic history, finding religion to a certain extent on some tax and spending issues, while at the same time trying to maintain his liberal bonafides. That is a luxury that he will not have if he is to be re-elected, as Franchot would be position himself as the champion the extreme left as he battles Attorney General Doug Gansler, Anthony Brown, and others for the Democratic nomination for Governor. A second-term for Peter Franchot would mean electing a Comptroller who is farther to the left than many Annapolis Democrats, and that is a philosophy we need less, not more of, in Annapolis.

While we endorse Bill Campbell, we also give respects to Republican Candidate Brendan Madigan. Madigan is 18 and has a bright future in this party. He says good things on the issues and deserves a lot of credit for sticking his name out there in a statewide election at the young age of 18. We encourage him to seek office again, but we just find that William Campbell’s credentials are perfect for this job.

Please do what you can to elect William Campbell as our next Comptroller. Be sure to cast your vote for him on September 14th, and visit his website at http://www.whcampbell2010.com to find out how you can help.

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