Bartlett talks economy during tour Congressman-elect visits suit firm

November 25, 1992|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

When he's clothes shopping, Roscoe G. Bartlett makes quick decisions about style and color and always asks the price, says his wife, Ellen.

As congressman for the 6th District, the Republican has promised to be just as decisive in cutting the price for taxpayers.

Yesterday, after a tour of the English American Tailoring Co. in Westminster, he quickly scanned the bolts of material in the showroom and ordered a custom-made, $420, dark blue, wool pinstripe suit.

The tailor, Elio Casalena, was eager to please. "I didn't sleep all night when I heard President Bush had lost," he told Mr. Bartlett.

(If you're curious, Mr. Bartlett wears a size 42 jacket and 36 pants, and he paid for the suit with a credit card.)

Mr. Bartlett, 66, of Frederick, was elected Nov. 3 to replace Democrat Beverly B. Byron. He takes office in January.

Yesterday, he said he will support President-elect Bill Clinton's plans for tax credits and enterprise zones.

"Our economy needs a good kick, and there are elements of the Clinton program which could get that done," Mr. Bartlett said. "I intend to focus on looking at what is being proposed rather than on who is doing the proposing."

Certain elements of Mr. Clinton's economic plan will receive broad public support, said Jim Lafferty, Mr. Bartlett's spokesman.

"He [Mr. Bartlett] wants to be out in front endorsing the really positive stuff that's in Clinton's program," Mr. Lafferty said.

Mr. Bartlett supports tax credits for long-term investments in small businesses and a tax cut for families.

The congressman-elect, his wife and Mr. Lafferty toured the English American plant with Mark J. Falcone, the company's chief executive officer. The visit was set up by Ken Coffey of Walkersville, Frederick County, who worked on Mr. Bartlett's campaign and has known Mr. Falcone since junior high school. Mr. Bartlett had said he would like to see the business, according to Mr. Coffey, a Carroll native.

Sales are up 25 percent this year at the Cranberry Road plant, which employs 340 people and makes suits for former presidents, Secret Service men and sports and country music stars.

Mr. Falcone told the congressman-elect that it is important for government leaders to remember manufacturing jobs when they help develop national economic policy.

The Republican agreed. The United States must do more to stop manufacturing jobs from moving overseas, Mr. Bartlett said. Service businesses alone cannot support the American economy; manufacturing facilities "provide jobs and produce wealth," he said.

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