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Notes from the trail

December 21, 1997

Notes from the trail

U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., said last week he intends to officially file for re-election in January when he meets with state legislators in Annapolis.

If he wins, it would be his fourth term - more than would be allowed under some of the term-limits legislation that he has voted for. Bartlett, in fact, has voted for every piece of term-limits legislation that has come his way.

So how does he reconcile support for term limits and running for another term?

Bartlett said power and influence hinges on seniority and experience. Voluntarily leaving - when other congressman stay - would leave the 6th District at a disadvantage, he said.

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"I'm not going to unilaterally impose term limits on myself. That's unfair to the district," he said.

Bartlett said more than half of Congress has turned over since he was elected in 1992.

"I'm now above the middle in terms of seniority," he said.

So how long does Bartlett want to remain in Congress?

"I've said that I'd like to serve under a Republican president," he said.

Fund-raiser draws big names, $20,000

Maryland Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, held a campaign fund-raiser last week in Hagerstown that garnered about $20,000 in contributions before expenses were paid, he said.

The event drew about 400 people, including House of Delegates Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Donoghue said. Attendees also donated toys that will be given to needy children for Christmas, he said.

Donoghue, who hasn't formally filed for re-election, said he might have another fund-raiser after the General Assembly's 90-day session, which starts Jan. 14.

Rehrmann opposes name-dropping

Now the gubernatorial candidates in Maryland are playing the name game.

Last week Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, accused Gov. Parris N. Glendening of disguising political commercials as public service announcements.

For example, a recent commercial addressing the state's Pfiesteria outbreak on the Chesapeake Bay made sure to note the governor's name. Rehrmann said it goes beyond that, with Glendening's name or face popping up on welcome signs, tourism ads and Internet sites.

"Public service announcements are important for informing Marylanders on issues of public concern. However, we are sure that you will agree that it is improper to turn free or paid public service announcements into political commercials," Rehr-mann wrote in a letter to Glendening.

Rehrman is asking that Glendening stop using his name in taxpayer-paid advertising until the gubernatorial candidates establish guidelines for public service announcements.

- Guy Fletcher and Brendan Kirby

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