Neall raises funds but stays on fence

June 23, 1993

More than 300 supporters of Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall shelled out $250 apiece last night on behalf of the could-be, might-be Republican candidate for governor in 1994.

The 44-year-old first-term county executive has been making the rounds like a candidate, attending about 14 Republican Lincoln Day dinners on the Eastern Shore, and in Western and Southern Maryland.

But the uncertainty has left some Republicans a bit antsy. They say 1994 could be a big year for Republicans in Maryland but contend they are getting off to a slow start because of Mr. Neall's hesitancy and that of 2nd District Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, who also has been toying with the idea of running for governor.

Mr. Neall's hesitancy has not kept two other GOP hopefuls from launching their own campaigns. They are William S. Shepard, a retired foreign service officer from Montgomery County who won 40 percent of the vote against Gov. William Donald Schaefer in 1990 and House Minority Leader Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a four-term state delegate from Baltimore County.

Ms. Sauerbrey and Mr. Neall agree that the Republican nominee may have to raise as much as $2 million.

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