Trone campaign apologizes for erroneous press release

David Trone’s congressional campaign has apologized for an erroneous May 2 press release that announced the formation of nearly 40 women from Maryland’s 6th Congressional District who supports Trone’s Democratic campaign to succeed outgoing Rep. John K. Delaney (D-Md.).

The May 2 press release, emailed to members of the media by Trone campaign spokesman Alex Koren, claimed that “a group of nearly 40 women from the Sixth Congressional District support his candidacy.”

The release included 38 names of women in each of the five Maryland counties – Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Montgomery – that form the boundaries of the 6th Congressional District.

Shortly after the May 2 press release was made public, some of the women on Trone’s list told A Miner Detail they are no longer supporting Trone, and a few of the other women listed said they never claimed to back Trone and did not authorize his campaign to publicly advertise their support.

Some women inaccurately listed on Trone’s press release now say they are supporting Trone’s competitors, including state Del. Aruna Miller (D-Darnestown), state Sen. Roger Manno (D-Silver Spring) and pediatrician Dr. Nadia Hashimi.

Trone’s May 2 press release listed the following women as supporting Trone’s congressional bid:

Allegany
Patricia Stevens
Jaqueline Magbie
Susan Stakeman

Frederick
Dianna Adams
Maria Payton
Karlys Kline
Georgia McMann
Angela Davis
Cydney Yerushalmi
Mercedes Pellet

Garrett
Phebe Neary
Zelma Neary

Montgomery
Teresa Wright
Nancy Siltman
Courtney Spaeth
Christine Parsons
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Gazelle Heffner
Rita Amoh
Dorothy Kelley
Lynn Arndt
Janice Moon
Melane Hoffman
Kate Peterson
Pennie Abramson

Washington
Patricia Guhr
Beverly Whitney Pillow
Alice Dixon
Evelyn Madden
Christine Beniwai
Jeannie Singer
Brie Donielle Griffith
Kathleen Forrest
Sharon Carey
Eleonore Kauedis
Patrice Wallace
Cheryl Story
Mary Gustafson

A Miner Detail Editor in Chief Ryan Miner spoke with Trone’s campaign manager, Jerid Kurtz, last Thursday evening at the Gaithersburg High School CD-6 Democratic candidate forum about the press release in question.

There, Kurtz acknowledged the campaign’s error and took responsibility for the mistake.

The following day, on May 4, the Trone campaign issued a revised press release that does not include some of the names originally listed from its May 2 list. Additionally, a statement from Trone campaign manager Jerid Kurtz was attached:

“On behalf of the campaign, I want to sincerely apologize to anyone that was put on the list without their permission and to let them know that we’ve sent out a revised list with their names removed. There is no excuse for this kind of mistake, and we are having some tough conversations with our team about being more thorough in the future.” – Jerid Kurtz

A Miner Detail shares Trone’s updated press release.

CORRECTED – Women Supporting Trone by Ryan Miner on Scribd

Trone’s new list includes the following names:

Allegany

Patricia Stevens
Susan Stakem
Melissa Blubaugh

Frederick

Dianna Adams
Maria Payton
Karlys Kline
Georgia McMann
Angela Davis
Cydney Yerushalmi

Garrett

Phebe Neary
Zelma Neary

Montgomery

Teresa Wright
Nancy Siltman
Courtney Spaeth
Christine Parsons
Barbara Goldberg Goldman
Gazelle Heffner
Rita Amoh
Dorothy Kelley
Pennie Abramson

Washington

Patricia Guhr
Beverly Whitney Pillow
Alice Dixon
Evelyn Madden
Christine Beniwai
Jeannie Singer
Brie Donielle Griffith
Kathleen Forrest
Eleonore Kaudeis

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