Miedusiewski endorses Brewster for Congress CAMPAIGN 1994

September 30, 1994|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writer

State Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, the unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate who now finds himself agonizing over whom to endorse for Maryland's chief executive, yesterday backed Democrat Gerry L. Brewster in the race for Maryland's 2nd District congressional seat.

With Steelworkers Hall on Dundalk Avenue as a backdrop and with Mr. Brewster at his side, Mr. Miedusiewski said he supports "someone I have served with for four years in the Maryland legislature, someone, who, like me, has made the war on crime a top priority.

But there remains another selection about which the Canton bar owner is far more concerned.

Mr. Miedusiewski said that by the weekend he will "make a major life decision" on whether to support Democrat Parris N. Glendening, his opponent in the primary, or Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey for governor in the Nov. 8 general election.

"I have lots of opportunities," the East Baltimore senator said. Among them, he listed running for the City Council and working as a public relations consultant.

"But my endorsement for governor is the primary thing I have to deal with.

"It could determine my political future. I met with both candidates for governor and this is clearly a difficult decision for me."

Once again, Mr. Miedusiewski retreated from a statement he made during the summer that he would support the Democratic Party's nominee in the general election.

"People tell me that I sound a lot more like Ellen when it comes to issues," he said.

Making the decision more troublesome is the formation of a Democrats for Sauerbrey, a Baltimore County effort led by Councilman Donald Mason of Dundalk and Arbutus businessman Frank Moran Sr. Both want Mr. Miedusiewski to join their cause.

"My bet is he will support Ellen Sauerbrey," said Mr. Mason, who said his group will mail 500 letters seeking support from other discontented Democrats. He said the group will open a headquarters next week on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.

"American Joe's political life has been dedicated to the blue-collar worker and Mrs. Sauerbrey's tax-cutting plan really fits that same thought," Mr. Mason said. "I really think we'll see a directional change because Glendening has gone past the working man and woman."

Mr. Brewster said he was grateful for the Miedusiewski endorsement, and he said he will continue to address the issues and concerns of voters.

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Mr. Brewster's Republican opponent, said he wasn't surprised by the Miedusiewski endorsement.

"It would be silly to expect anything else," Mr. Ehrlich said. "It's no surprise to anyone. We're more concerned with endorsements that will come from the 2nd District.

"Any time now, you will see Democrats for Ehrlich."

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