Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr., a first-term Democrat representing Republican-leaning eastern Maryland, is eager for word to spread about millions in stimulus money that is going to roads, sewer upgrades, health clinics, schools, police and rural development in his district.
"Whether or not that awareness of it is getting out, I don't know. More needs to be done," he said while milling around at a Chamber of Commerce dinner here last week.
But when Kratovil took the mike, he made no mention of the stimulus package, just as he avoided it before the Delmarva Poultry Industry two nights earlier. He instead told Chamber members about a small-business tax break he is pushing and his vote against President Obama's budget. "Everyone should agree that we need to get back to fiscal responsibility," he said.