Party ticket appears to switch allegiances CAMPAIGN 1994

August 18, 1994|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Andrea Siegel contributed to this article.

Nancy Schrum, a latecomer to the state Senate race in District 31, appears to have pulled her Republican opponent's ticket out from under him.

Joseph "Jack" Feehley, former president of the Greater Pasadena Council and retired builder, heads a slate of State House candidates, called "Four for '94," that was registered with the state election office 1 1/2 years ago. District 31 includes Riviera Beach, Brooklyn Park and Pasadena.

Although the GOP ticket remains intact on paper, and on more than a few campaign T-shirts, the names of its three House of Delegates candidates -- Brian Brooks, John McGagahan and James J. Riley -- now appear in campaign literature promoting Mrs. Schrum, a former Bodkin Elementary School PTA president.

County Councilman Carl G. "Dutch" Holland "would be the one you want to talk to about that," said Mr. Riley, a retired Baltimore school teacher. "Dutch was involved in putting together the 'Four for '94' ticket. He recruited the members."

Mr. Holland later encouraged Mrs. Schrum, who registered for the Sept. 13 primary a few hours before last month's deadline, to run after he grew angry with Mr. Feehley, who he felt was too close to Thomas Redmond, one of the councilman's Democratic opponents, Mr. Riley said.

Mrs. Schrum was nominated this spring for the county Board of Education. However, Gov. William Donald Schaefer bypassed her to tap former Anne Arundel Community College President Thomas E. Florestano for the post.

Mr. Brooks said the ticket was already falling apart when Mr. Holland invited the delegate candidates and Mrs. Schrum to produce a joint brochure and mail it out under the councilman's name.

"The most visible split was between Jack and Dutch," Mr. Brooks said.

Mr. Holland said he did not recruit either the Four for '94 ticket or Mrs. Schrum. Nor has he endorsed anyone, he said.

"Each one of those [Four for '94] candidates came to me and said they had an interest in running," he said. "I just put four individuals who had aspirations of running for office in the same room together to see if they could form a ticket and help each other out."

The Four for '94 House candidates are opposed by another GOP slate, including Doug Arnold, David Blanch and Vickie Schade for the House.

For a while, the ticket appeared to work well together.

Mr. Feehley and the others held two fund-raisers last fall, printed T-shirts and stationery and took out advertisements in local publications promoting the ticket. One of the ads appears in the Pasadena Business Association directory and reads, "Four for '94 . . . Vote for the Team You Can Count On!"

"We just found out that we couldn't work together," Mr. Feehley said.

Mrs. Schrum and the three House candidates said the appearance of their names together on Councilman Holland's campaign literature should not be construed as endorsements of each other or the formation of a new ticket.

"I don't even know the other candidates well enough to say I would endorse them or not," Mr. McGagahan said.

Instead, they described the joint literature as a money-saving venture.

"My opinion is the more times you get your name out the better, so I'll do a piece with who ever wants to do a piece with me," Mr. Brooks said.

"Tickets are just marriages of convenience anyway . . . for saving bucks and getting your message out to a wider audience," Mr. Riley said. "It's a shame [the Four for '94 ticket dissolved] because we had a couple of successful fund-raisers together and now we have a lot of useless stationery lying around."

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