Hayden selects campaign lender for liquor board

April 05, 1991|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden has appointed to the county liquor board a retired pharmacist who lent his campaign $10,000 last fall and made at least one cash contribution.

Frank J. Wesolowski, 68, of Towson, who also served as Mr. Hayden's driver during his run for office, was named yesterday to assume a seat on the three-member liquor board.

Mr. Hayden acknowledged yesterday that Mr. Wesolowski offered the unsolicited loan at a time when the campaign was short of cash, but he said no promises were made in return.

"People are going to say whatever they're going to say, but that's not going to keep us from making the right decision," Mr. Hayden said. "He has a lot of good contacts in the community, and we feel good about that."

Mr. Wesolowski, who will replace Robert S. Knatz, said yesterday he lent Mr. Hayden the money because he believed in him as a candidate and never expected a job out of it.

"Ask yourself, why would I loan him $10,000 for a job that pays $11,000?" Mr. Wesolowski asked.

The liquor board has three permanent members and two alternates. The chairman's post pays $11,500 a year, and the two associate positions pay $10,500. Mr. Wesolowski will serve as a permanent associate member.

Campaign financing reports filed with the state elections board in Annapolis show that Mr. Wesolowski and Annette Lambright, his daughter, contributed $500 by check to Mr. Hayden's campaign on Sept. 27, 1990.

The records also list a payment of $501 to Mr. Wesolowski on Oct. 19 for "postage" and $789.23 on Oct. 22 for "campaign materials."

James M. Anders Jr., treasurer of the Hayden for Good Government Committee, said the payments to Mr. Wesolowski were reimbursements for campaign expenses he covered.

The $10,000 loan was used for general expenses and has been paid back with 8 percent interest, Mr. Anders said.

Mr. Wesolowski owned and operated the Valley Pharmacy in Lutherville for 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and is a World War II veteran.

He is not the first Hayden campaign supporter to be appointed to a county position. He joins Mr. Hayden's communications director, Carol Hirschburg, who is a former aide to U.S. Representative Helen Delich Bentley, R-Md.-2nd, and two of Mr. Hayden's administrative assistants, Lou Waidner, a campaign volunteer, and Pat McDonough, his former campaign manager.

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