Goldstein announces his last run for office CAMPAIGN 1994

June 24, 1994|By From Sun staff reports

Louis L. Goldstein, Maryland's 81-year-old tax collector, formally launched his campaign for election to a record 10th term as state comptroller yesterday.

Mr. Goldstein, who has served in the position since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, said this would be his last run for office. Speaking at the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore, he emphasized his 36 years of experience in the job.

"To live up to our reputation as a well-managed, fiscally responsible state, we must keep a steady, experienced hand at the financial helm of state affairs," Mr. Goldstein said.

A statewide poll released yesterday showed the political perennial holding a commanding lead over challenger James B. Moorhead for the Democratic nomination. The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Political Media Research for The Sun and other news media organizations, found Mr. Goldstein leading Mr. Moorhead 59 percent to 9 percent.

Mr. Moorhead, 40, a former federal prosecutor in his first race for public office, said he would not comment on the poll results because he had not seen them.

"We're going to rely on our own research, which shows that the incumbent is surprisingly vulnerable," Mr. Moorhead said. Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. is well ahead in his re-election race against two other Democrats and the expected Republican nominee, a poll released yesterday showed.

Mr. Curran, seeking a third term as the state's chief legal officer, leads former Deputy Attorney General Eleanor M. Carey by a margin of 35 percent to 14 percent among likely Democratic voters. Patrick Smith, a Rockville attorney, was favored by 3 percent. An additional 48 percent said they had no preference.

Mr. Curran also leads the expected Republican nominee, former U.S. Attorney Richard D. Bennett, 44 percent to 11 percent.

The poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon Political Media Research for The Sun and other news organizations, showed that 36 percent of those surveyed did not recognize Mr. Curran's name despite his having served in statewide office, first as lieutenant governor then as attorney general, for the past 12 years. Even so, Mr. Curran had much greater name recognition than did any of his opponents.

Smith opposes more gun laws

Setting himself apart from his two chief opponents in the Democratic primary, attorney general candidate Patrick Smith said this week that he is against proposals for further gun-control laws in Maryland.

The state should, instead, enforce the ones already enacted, Mr. Smith said. "What we need is action, not more words or debate on the subject."

Mr. Smith, a Rockville lawyer, is running an uphill race in the Sept. 13 primary against two-term incumbent J. Joseph Curran Jr. and former Deputy Attorney General Eleanor M. Carey.

His remarks were prompted by a request for support from the group Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, which is pushing for enactment of tough new gun-control laws, including the licensing of all handgun owners.

Both Mr. Curran and Ms. Carey support the group's legislative proposal, most of which was defeated during this year's General Assembly session.

Mr. Smith said the state cannot afford a handgun-licensing procedure. He said he supports making more use of a state law that allows police to make pat-down searches of people they suspect are carrying guns.

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