President Bush and other Republican luminaries are about to hop on the bandwagon of GOP congressional candidate Wayne T. Gilchrest, according to campaign officials.
The president -- who already has taped a TV endorsement for the Kent County Republican -- is slated to meet with Mr. Gilchrest for a five-minute chat at the White House Thursday, Gilchrest campaign officials said.
Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski is expected at a $150-per-person dinner Oct. 17 at the Holiday Inn in Waldorf. Tony Caligiuri, press spokesman for the Gilchrest campaign, said 100 people have been invited.
The campaign already has lined up Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack F. Kemp for an Easton fund-raiser this month, although no date has been set, said Mr. Caligiuri. Marilyn Quayle, wife of the vice president, also has been asked to appear at a Chestertown fund-raiser. "She's willing, it's just a question of whether she can find [the time]," said Mr. Caligiuri.
He was uncertain when the campaign would air the Bush endorsement, and speculated that it could be saved for the end of the campaign.
Another presidential boost -- from President Reagan -- was granted in 1988, the year Mr. Gilchrest also emerged as the GOP nominee. But when Mr. Gilchrest aired that prized endorsement during this year's primary season, several of his challengers cried foul.