At his first political fund-raiser since taking office, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden found support last night where he needed it most.
Democrats -- in large numbers -- paid $50 a ticket to shake hands with Baltimore County's first GOP executive since Spiro T. Agnew was elected in 1962.
About 2,300 people showed up, which translated into $100,000 for the Republican's campaign coffers after expenses.
The sum roughly matches the amount Mr. Hayden spent last fall to defeat the former county executive, Dennis F. Rasmussen.
The event attracted a good portion of the county's Democratic-controlled legislative delegation and six of the seven members of the County Council -- including all four Democratic councilmen. Only Councilwoman Berchie Lee Manley, R-1st, could not attend because the event conflicted with a community meeting in her district.