Taylor, Grasmick won't run CAMPAIGN 1994 -- THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR

June 18, 1994|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer John W. Frece contributed to this article.

Two out. One in -- maybe.

With 17 days left before the candidates' filing deadline, House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and Nancy S. Grasmick, the state superintendent of schools, have decided not to enter the Democratic gubernatorial primary after all.

But another possible last-minute candidate has emerged this week as a minor movement to draft Donald P. Hutchinson, president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, has begun taking shape this week.

Friends and associates say Mr. Hutchinson is seriously considering the possibility, weighing the chances of running a late-entry, dark-horse campaign -- in a race in which most of the big money is said to be committed -- against a safe, $165,000-a-year job with the GBC.

Mr. Hutchinson, 48, a former Baltimore County executive, state senator and delegate, has not returned telephone calls.

XTC A breakfast meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Baltimore -- it has been called off once -- is said to be on again.

There is some sentiment among business and political leaders, who are concerned and disenchanted with the current crop of candidates, that now would be the time for Mr. Hutchinson to jump in the race.

Dennis C. McCoy, one of the state's 10 top-paid lobbyists and a former state delegate, is said to be a prime mover in the draft-Hutchinson effort, which also has support among disappointed followers of Montgomery County businessman Stewart Bainum Jr., who announced May 16 that he would not run for governor.

Mr. McCoy acknowledged he had spoken with Mr. Hutchinson recently about running.

"He's an excellent government official. He has a good understanding of business, how it relates to Maryland and how it relates to Baltimore, how Baltimore relates to the state," Mr. McCoy said. "He just has a fine understanding of how the fabric of the state fits together. Personally, I think he'd be an an excellent gubernatorial candidate."

Others think it is too late to enter the race.

"I think everybody's who in the race is in the race," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Prince George's County Democrat who is supporting Lt. Governor Melvin A. "Mickey" Steinberg.

"I don't know if there's enough time or enough money or enough enthusiasm to make his campaign as viable as a campaign would need to be to be victorious in September," Mr. Miller said.

The field already includes Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening, who is considered the front-runner; Mr. Steinberg; and state Sen. Mary H. Boergers of Montgomery County and state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski of Baltimore.

Mr. Taylor, the 59-year-old House speaker from Allegany County, wrestled for weeks with the prospect of a gubernatorial bid and decided in the past few days not to run. He informed the 140 other members of the House of Delegates of his intentions in a letter mailed yesterday.

In an interview, Mr. Taylor said he wished the timing had been such that he could have entered the governor's race earlier, but he acknowledged that joining it this late would be to risk losing both jobs and potentially ending his political career.

Mrs. Grasmick, 55, who was encouraged to join the race in the wake of Mr. Bainum's decision not to run, said through her secretary that she was "not running for office" and would

continue her work with children and education.

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