Campaign notes

June 21, 1998

Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., threw his support in this year's gubernatorial campaign for incumbent Gov. Parris N. Glendening, the same man Taylor once considered running against.

Taylor, who has occasionally battled the administration over the past four years, had nothing but praise for his fellow Democrat in a news release giving his endorsement.

He cited Glendening's commitments to tax reductions, children's health insurance, Pfiesteria control, and combating suburban sprawl as part of a "centrist and progressive" partnership between the governor and the legislature.

"While you may point out our differences there is considerable evidence of our shared leadership in many areas," Taylor said in the release.


Glendening, in his own release, said that he and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend have "benefited greatly from (Taylor's) experience and sound advice, and we are honored that he is supporting our campaign for re-election."

Taylor was the second prominent Democrat to support Glendening in as many weeks. Earlier, former Gov. William Donald Schaefer announced his endorsement of Glendening.

"Speaker Taylor's support is yet another clear demonstration of the momentum this campaign continues to build, and shows conclusively that Maryland Democrats are unifying enthusiastically behind Gov. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Townsend," Glendening campaign chairman Michael Barnes said.

Rehrmann taps running mate

But there are several Democrats who aren't "unifying enthusiastically" behind Glendening, some of whom want his job.

One of those is Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, who announced last week she has chosen former Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer as her lieutenant governor candidate.

Rehrmann, who is looking for a boost in the voter-rich suburbs of Washington, described Kramer as the person with "the experience, competence, ability and integrity to make our plan for Maryland's future a success."

Kramer, taking a shot at the Glendening administration, said, "Together, we can restore integrity, honesty and the public's interest to the governor's office."

Kramer criticized the governor for leaving a deficit in Prince George's County, where Glendening served as county executive before being elected governor in 1994. He also lashed out at Glendening on a number of other issues, including negotiating a "bad" stadium deal for the Baltimore Ravens.

"We have a governor who focuses on polls, not principles, who puts his personal interests ahead of the public interest," Kramer said.

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- Guy Fletcher

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