Cassilly Makes Pledge Against Increased Taxes

Candidate Also Vows Action On U.s. Spending

November 17, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Harford State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly last week vowed that he "will never agree to raise taxes" if he is elected to the U.S. Senatenext year.

The Republican also said he would propose freezing or cutting federal spending to reduce the nation's deficit -- nearly $300 billion now -- and balance the budget if he is elected to the Senate.

He also vowed not to seek more than two six-year terms if electedto the Senate.

"I hope today is the launching of the second American Revolution," Cassilly said during a press conference to outline some of his campaign themes at the County Courthouse on Monday, Veterans Day.

Cassilly, a Vietnam War veteran, was paralyzed from the waist down from an injury he received during the war.

Monday's pressconference was the second time this year Cassilly has announced his Senate candidacy. On Flag Day in June, Cassilly sponsored a "Salute to the Flag" to kick off his campaign.

The 41-year-old Churchville resident scheduled appearances in Charles, Howard and Montgomery counties last week for his campaign.

Now serving his third four-year term as state's attorney, Cassilly is one of three Republicans to filewith the state Board of Elections to run for the U.S. Senate. The others are Edward R. Shannon and Alan L. Keyes, both of Montgomery County.

Among Democrats, B. Emerson Sweatt of Charles County and ScottD. Britt of Prince George's County have filed to run for the seat.

The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Mikulski, has not filed her candidacy papers yet, although she has held several campaign fund-raisers and is expected to run.

The Senate primary in Maryland will be held March 3, 1992; the general election follows in November.

Maryland's other senator, Democrat Paul S. Sarbanes, is not up for re-electionuntil 1994.

Cassilly said he decided to run because he believes Mikulski has lost touch with Maryland voters.

"I am angry with Ms. Mikulski because she does not listen to us here in Maryland," Cassilly said. "She does not know what we want for ourselves, our children and our country."

As examples, Cassilly noted the incumbent's votesagainst the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court and against the use of force against Iraq after the country invaded Kuwait.

Mikulski has not done enough to relieve middle-class Americans from the burden of local, state and federal taxes, Cassilly contended. Rather than reduce spending, he said Mikulski and other electedDemocrats continue to talk about raising taxes to ease the country'sfiscal crisis.

Michael Morrill, a Mikulski spokesman, disputed Cassilly's statement, saying that the senator has co-sponsored legislation that would provide middle-class Americans with a tax cut. The bill's chief sponsor is Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas.

Cassilly, who said that the federal government has added program after program since the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, promised he would submit legislation for a two-year spending freeze to allow time for federal agencies to determine where cuts can be made.

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