Goldstein, Taylor for Comptroller

August 21, 1994

From time to time, voters decide that the best cure for government's ills is to throw the rascals out. Many politicians have weathered episodes of anti-incumbency, but few have been as successful at rising above it all as Maryland's Comptroller of the Treasury, Louis L. Goldstein. After nine terms -- 36 years -- in the office, Mr. Goldstein is now asking Democratic voters to nominate him for one more term. They should.

Mr. Goldstein is 81, and some suggest his legendary energy is lagging a bit. But there is no evidence that he does not remain in firm control of his office, or that his vigilance in his various duties has slipped. Mr. Goldstein has drawn criticism during this term for a series of overly rosy revenue projections and for computer problems that slowed the processing of income-tax returns. Yet he has also been saluted for being ahead of the federal government in modernizing his office's computer capability. On the whole, his performance has been strong enough to merit re-nomination.

Mr. Goldstein's one Democratic opponent is James B. Moorhead, a Rockville lawyer and former assistant U.S. attorney who brings youth and fresh ideas to his first bid for public office. Yet Mr. Moorhead's campaign is relying in part on charges -- unproven or long-discredited -- that Mr. Goldstein has abused his office, and in part on a vision of a much more powerful comptroller, a change that would require the General Assembly to restructure the office. That is unlikely to happen.

Two Republicans are running for their party's nomination. Timothy R. Mayberry, a Montgomery County banking executive who has been an active volunteer for several Republican campaigns, promises to use his financial expertise to modernize the office and increase its efficiency. Our choice is Richard Taylor, who has a long history of party involvement including service as a Republican National Committeeman since 1983. As a partner in a Washington law firm, Mr. Taylor has represented cities, counties and states in court. We believe he has the credentials and experience to provide strong fiscal leadership for Maryland.

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