Campaign notes

May 25, 1998

Political contributions last week trickled into Ellen R. Sauerbrey's gubernatorial campaign from an unusual source: angry Cleveland football fans.

Brent Larkin, a sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, urged his readers to support the Republican with their checkbooks in a May 17 column.

The object of Larkin's fury was Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who spearheaded the effort to bring the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, where they were renamed the Ravens.

"She deserves to win simply because she is not Parris N. Glendening," he wrote.

Jim Dornan, a Sauerbrey spokesman, said the campaign has received about six $10 and $20 contributions and several supportive e-mails.

Dornan said the anger stems from the manner in which the incumbent Democrat announced the deal.

"I was extremely uncomfortable watching Glendening on TV," he said. "He was out of control He was like a little kid jumping up and down."


Dornan also criticized Glendening's support of public financing for a new football stadium, which he termed a "giveaway."

Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Glendening campaign, said the governor would not apologize for luring the team to Baltimore. He said it was no different than any economic development effort to bring business to Maryland.

"If Ellen Sauerbrey is so offended that Baltimore has professional football, she should pack her bags and run for governor of Ohio," he said.

Hamm said Glendening was excited over the deal, which he worked hard for, but meant no slight to the people of Cleveland.

As for the stadium, Hamm predicted it will prove to be an extremely valuable economic development tool for the state that will pay dividends in the long term.

Book takes jabs at Glendening

Those who don't think much of Glendening might want to grab of copy of the book "Glendening 50th Most Popular Governor" by Eastern Shore political cartoonist Rick Kollinger.

The 124-page book is a collection of Kollinger jabs at the governor for a variety of issues, including school funding, emissions testing, Pfiesteria and gambling.

One cartoon describes "Mr. Glendening's Maryland," a map that shows an oversized Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City as the only parts of the state. They were also the only jurisdictions Glendening carried in his run for governor four years ago.

The rest of Maryland has been ceded to other states. Washington County appears to be split between West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

For information about purchasing the book ($15), contact AMLEX Inc. at 301-694-8821.

Fund-raiser nets $15,000

Washington County's two newest circuit court appointees brought in about $15,000 at their first joint fund-raiser last Tuesday at the Four Points Hotel on Dual Highway.

W. Kennedy Boone III and Donald E. Beachley are seeking election to full 15-year terms on the bench.

Filing in Annapolis as a slate, the two share a committee composed of co-chairmen William J. Reuter and Michael E. Brashears, and treasurer Jerry B. Bullington.

Approximately 450 people showed up for the event, Bullington said.

But Bullington added that the committee sold about 600 tickets at $25 apiece.

Boone, 56, was appointed to the newly created fourth Washington County Circuit Court judgeship April 18, 1997, by Glendening and sworn in a month later.

Beachley, 41, was sworn in Dec. 29 - another Glendening appointee who was named in November to fill the post of retired Judge Darrow Glaser.

The deadline for filing to run for a nonpartisan judgeship is July 6. Boone and Beachley and any other candidates will be cross-designated on ballots for both Sept. 15 primaries.

So far, Hagerstown attorney Gregory Bannon has filed for a judgeship, making it a race for the first time in 20 years.

Circuit court judges make $96,500 a year.

McCown to host campaign picnic

Democratic congressional candidate Tim D. McCown of Jefferson, Md., will hold a fund-raiser Saturday at Gathland State Park in Frederick County.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the park's picnic pavilion. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic fare will be available, and donations will be accepted.

McCown, who is seeking nomination to the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., said he is not accepting any political action committee (PAC) donations.

For more information, call 301-834-9901 or 301-846-0967.

- Marlo Barnhart, Guy Fletcher and Brendan Kirby

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