Sauerbrey talks tough on crime, budget

October 18, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Republican candidate for governor, returned yesterday to her alma mater, Western Maryland College, to talk tough on crime and argue that her proposed tax cut wouldn't slice essential services.

"I favor the death penalty," said Mrs. Sauerbrey, one of two statements that earned cheers from her supporters and campaign staffers standing at the perimeter of a crowd of nearly 150 students in McDaniel Hall.

The other cheered statement came in response to a question of where she stands in relation to other female politicians and women's organizations. "I'm not politically correct," Mrs. Sauerbrey said.

A 1959 graduate of Western Maryland College with a double major in English and biology, she was recognized in 1988 as the college's Alumnus of the Year.

In an hourlong session with the students, Mrs. Sauerbrey reminisced about her years at Western Maryland, discussed her plans for shrinking the state budget and talked about reining in crime.

"You hear a lot about three strikes, you're out," she said. "Maybe it should be one strike and you're in. The most violent people in our society aren't the older people, it's our youngest.

Cutting the state income tax 24 percent over four years -- an

issue that Mrs. Sauerbrey acknowledged doesn't concern many students -- would allow the mothers of young children to stay home and let small entrepreneurs reinvest money in their businesses, she said.

But Mrs. Sauerbrey insisted, in response to a student question, that money for higher education, law enforcement and helicopters that fly to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center won't be reduced.

"There are some jobs that should be abolished," she said, noting that thousands of people either retire or start working in the private sector each year. "Not the police officers on the street or the parole agent or the social services worker in the community, but the supervisors."

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