Former U.S. Civil Service chief ponders bid to unseat Hoyer CAMPAIGN 1994

May 19, 1994|By From Sun Staff Reports

He was the Reagan administration official federal employees loved to hate, and now he wants to represent many of them in Congress.

Donald J. Devine, a conservative Republican from Anne Arundel County who headed the Civil Service system under President Reagan from 1981 to 1985, says he is seriously considering a challenge to Democrat Steny H. Hoyer in Maryland's 5th congressional district race this fall.

If he gets in the race, it will establish one of the sharpest contrasts between candidates in any congressional campaign in Maryland this year.

The 57-year-old former University of Maryland at College Park professor has a portfolio of conservative credentials: adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation, officer of the American Conservative Union and columnist for the Washington Times. He now is a political and business consultant.

Congressman Hoyer, by contrast, carries a reputation as a liberal into the race.

He has championed many of President Clinton's proposals.

While head of the federal Office of Personnel Management, Mr. Devine drew the ire of federal workers, employee unions and Democratic congressmen and senators for such actions as cutting the nondefense work force by almost 10 percent and reducing federal disability retirement benefits.

From the City Hall, dreams of loftier seats

It's a time of political dreaming at Baltimore City Hall.

Two City Council members have announced their candidacies for state seats, and at least three others are eager to follow.

Councilman Timothy D. Murphy, a 6th District Democrat, intends to run for the Maryland House of Delegates in the newly created District 47A. Other candidates likely to run in the South Baltimore district include Democratic incumbents R. Charles Avara and Brian K. McHale, as well as Edward Reisinger, a former councilman from the 6th District.

"As a practical matter, I find [that] increasingly in order to do certain things here, I have to go to Annapolis," Mr. Murphy said this week. "City government can only legislate to the extent that it is permitted by the state government."

Mr. Murphy, a 44-year-old law yer, has served on the council for 12 years.

His announcement comes six months after 1st District Councilman Perry Sfikas decided to run for the seat of state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, who has entered the gubernatorial race. And Councilman Martin O'Malley, a 3rd District Democrat, says he's interested in the 43rd District Maryland Senate seat he lost to Sen. John A. Pica Jr. in 1990.

Levitan has decided not to challenge Miller

State Sen. Laurence Levitan of Montgomery County is scheduled to launch his re-election campaign Monday, but he will not be trying to overthrow the Senate president after all.

Mr. Levitan, chairman of the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee, said this week he will not be challenging Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. for the Senate presidency, one of the three most powerful jobs in Annapolis.

Mr. Levitan, 60, faces a serious challenge to his seat from Republican Jean W. Roesser, 64, a two-term delegate.

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