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Candidates contrast in style, vision

May 20, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

It was a contrast in styles when the two leading candidates for Maryland governor brought their campaigns to Hagerstown recently.

On May 10, Republican Congressman Robert Ehrlich Jr. and a campaign aide arrived late for the Washington County Republican Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner at the Four Points Sheraton.

Ehrlich walked right to the podium and delivered a 15-minute speech to GOP faithful, alternating quips and serious talk.

Afterward, he sat in the hallway with a reporter for an impromptu interview and answered a series of questions about issues.

On May 11, Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend visited Garden State Tanning's Toyota Appreciation Day at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg.

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Under the watchful eye of security officers, Townsend shook hands with picnickers and posed for pictures. When she stopped to speak to a television news reporter, one of her aides lined up bystanders behind her as a background.

Michael Morrill, who is helping run Townsend's campaign, wanted to know a newspaper reporter's questions in advance. As Townsend answered questions, Morrill and another campaign aide stood by, sometimes chipping in with comments.

A few times, when she hesitated, Townsend pulled out a sheet of "talking points" and cited statistics.

Ehrlich and Townsend said they would like to debate each other.

"We have very different visions. We have very different backgrounds. We want to get it out," Townsend said.

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