Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Griffith has received support from two seemingly unlikely sources -- the GOP senator who lost in the primary to his opponent and his opponent's brother.
The Griffith campaign issued a press release late Friday saying it had invited Sen. Sharon W. Hornberger, R-Carroll, Baltimore, to a fund-raiser today that is expected to attract Democratic Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr., D-Prince George's.
Hornberger, defeated by Larry E. Haines in the Republican primary, said Friday she planned to attend, but had not "aligned myself in any official capacity with the Griffith campaign."
The Carroll Republican Central Committee member said she would attend because she supports Griffith's pro-abortion rights stance and because she had been invited by Schaefer and Miller.
"I said two days after the primary that I take the choice issue very seriously in determining my vote in November," said Hornberger, adding she was upset her name appeared in the Griffith press release.
Griffith, a Carroll commissioner, has been endorsed by Choice PAC; Haines has the backing of Right to Life of Maryland.
Hornberger also attended a "reception" Tuesday night at the Westminster Inn that she said was given by an Annapolis lobbyist to raise money for the pro-abortion rights movement. Griffith's publicity coordinator Amy Blank said the event was a Griffith fund-raiser that included a number of pro-abortion rights advocates.
Hornberger said she has attended several fund-raisers sponsored by pro-abortion rights candidates. But she has not been invited to any of Haines' functions, she said. "It's like I don't exist."
Haines said he did not want to press for Hornberger's support after the highly competitive primary.
"I felt later on she would come forward, being a member of the Central Committee, but she hasn't done anything to assist me," he said.
Robert K. Haines, the candidate's brother, wrote a letter to The Carroll County Sun last week saying he would vote for Griffith because of the Democrat's substantial political experience and views on education. He is to appear at a Griffith press conference tomorrow.
Larry Haines said he is not disturbed by his brother's decision, since Robert is a Democrat and member of a Baltimore County teachers' association that endorses Griffith: "It's his right and privilege."