Galiazzo looking to try for seat Bentley is vacating

April 02, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

Dundalk Del. Connie C. Galiazzo, 47, a first-term member of the General Assembly, is looking hard at a run for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 2nd District congressional seat.

Her unexpected entry would put a new face on a contest that until now has been a two-way battle between Towson Del. Gerry L. Brewster and former Del. and Harford County Councilwoman Barbara O. Kreamer of Aberdeen.

"She told me she's 95 percent certain she's in," Mr. Brewster said yesterday in Annapolis. "It's from out of nowhere. I'm surprised, and I'll be disappointed if she gets in. I considered her a friend."

Ms. Galiazzo tiptoed around her intentions yesterday but left little doubt in other politicians' minds.

"I have always known that someday I would run for the 2nd congressional seat. The 2nd District deserves a decisive voice. I didn't expect Helen to vacate the seat this soon," she said, referring to incumbent Republican Helen D. Bentley, who is giving up the congressional seat to run for governor.

Ms. Galiazzo is expected to formally announce for the seat late this month.

Mr. Brewster expected an easy primary victory over Ms. Kreamer and three other lesser-known candidates in the Democratic primary. He has been quietly campaigning and raising money for months.

But Ms. Galiazzo showed her ability to win an unexpected victory in 1990, when she ran an independent campaign for House of Delegates, bucked a ticket of incumbents and won.

Ms. Galiazzo, a graduate of a Sparrows Point High School and the University of Baltimore, is planning a spring wedding to James R. "Ron" DeJulius, business manager of Local 37, Union of Operating Engineers.

Ms. Galiazzo's entry into the 2nd District Democratic race would force Mr. Brewster to spend more money and energy on the primary election, instead of campaigning against the possible Republican primary winner.

With the success in recent years of candidates perceived as fresh faces and political outsiders -- and women in particular -- Ms. Galiazzo is regarded seriously by other politicians.

Her strategy may resemble that of a recently announced candidate in the Republican congressional primary, Towson banker and party activist William J. Frank.

Mr. Frank is already talking about what he says is a glut of lawyers in Congress and the similar college and law career paths followed by Mr. Brewster and by his own chief rival for the GOP nomination, north county Del. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Other Democratic candidates are James Edward DeLoach Jr., Joseph John Bish Jr. and Kauko H. Kokkonen.

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