Governor hears anti-stadium group

February 19, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

Gov. William Donald Schaefer met yesterday morning with a citizens group opposing the proposed Redskins stadium in Laurel but made no promises.

Page W. Boinest, the governor's press secretary, said Mr. Schaefer's meeting with representatives of Citizens Against the Stadium II should not be viewed as an indication that he opposes the construction of a stadium in Laurel for the National Football League team.

The governor's first priority is still to secure an NFL team for Baltimore, she said, and his position regarding Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke remains, "Let me go after a team in Baltimore, and you can have your stadium," Ms. Boinest said.

"He did not commit to do anything on their behalf," Ms. Boinest said. "He met with them as a courtesy."

Don Burgess, president of the anti-stadium group, which claims 2,000 members, said the private meeting at the governor's office began at 11:30 a.m. and lasted about 45 minutes. Also present were the group's vice president, Jeanne Mignon; Walter Maloney, father of Prince George's County Del. Timothy F. Maloney, a stadium supporter; and a West Laurel civic leader Mr. Burgess would not identify.

Mr. Burgess said the CATS delegation asked Mr. Schaefer to veto "any legislation that would help Mr. Cooke build a stadium in Laurel."

Short of a veto, CATS asked the governor to fight for a statewide referendum on any such measure.

Redskins lobbyist Alan Rifkin said yesterday that he read no signals into the meeting.

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