Redmond opponents now support Holland

October 04, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

Democratic County Council candidate Thomas Redmond's two primary opponents yesterday crossed party lines and endorsed Republican incumbent Carl G. "Dutch" Holland.

A. Shirley Murphy and Elmer E. Dunn Jr., who described themselves as conservative Democrats, said Mr. Redmond lacks integrity and has had scant community involvement in the 3rd District, which includes Pasadena and the Marley Neck peninsula.

Mrs. Murphy said she was especially upset by the conduct of Mr. Redmond's campaign workers. "As soon as my signs went up, they were torn down," she said during a news conference at Mr. Holland's council office in Glen Burnie. "I just don't like the way he handled his campaign."

Mr. Dunn, who was elected four years ago to the Democratic Central Committee, said he has known Mr. Redmond "all my life."

"I cannot recall him ever being involved in any community organizations, PTAs or any groups supportive of the community," he said, reading from a statement.

Mr. Redmond said he was not surprised at the endorsements.

"They were in there for Dutch from the beginning," he said. "It's just going to make my people work that much harder."

Mr. Redmond said he called both Democratic primary opponents the day after the election to unify the party and mend fences. He never reached Mr. Dunn and Mrs. Murphy said she'd get back to him, he said. "I extended the offer. What can I say?" he said.

He scoffed at the notion he has not been involved in the community, pointing to his two years as president of the Pasadena Business Association. "Anytime any community group came to me and needed help, I was there for them," he said.

He said some of his campaign signs were taken down. "But we didn't whine about it."

Mr. Redmond won the Democratic nomination with 55 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Mrs. Murphy and 11 percent for Mr. Dunn.

Mr. Holland took 58 percent of the vote in the Republican primary to easily beat businessman Romie A. Songer, who polled 26 percent. Severna Park accountant Martin Kolb had 16 percent.

Mr. Holland said he was delighted to receive Democratic endorsements.

"I thank both Shirley Murphy and Elmer Dunn for their support," he said. "As conservative Democrats, their foremost concern for the district is that the district move forward and not step backward. And I believe the election of my opponent would be a step backward."

Crossing party lines is no new phenomenon in the 3rd District. Mr. Holland noted that Mr. Redmond was a Republican until two years ago. "My question is, if he wanted to run against me, why didn't he do it as a Republican?" said Mr. Holland, who switched parties himself in 1982.

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