Sauerbrey, Glendening visit one another's turf CAMPAIGN 1994

November 02, 1994|By John W. Frece and Robert Timberg | John W. Frece and Robert Timberg,Sun Staff Writers Sun staff writer Tom Horton contributed to this article.

Advocates for the poor took a close look at Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, and an Eastern Shore business group gave Democrat Parris N. Glendening the once-over as Maryland's two gubernatorial candidates visited the other's turf yesterday.

Entering the final week of the campaign, Mrs. Sauerbrey appeared at West Baltimore's Orchard Street Church to answer questions from the Maryland Coalition to End Hunger. The group wanted to know how much support it could expect from her for government nutrition programs for children and the elderly.

The four-term delegate from Baltimore County was typically blunt, telling about 200 men and women representing advocacy groups from across the state not to count on government programs as the answer to their problems if she is elected.

"A great deal of the solution with our problems is community-based," she said. "You don't always have to look to the state." She said many social problems are rooted in the breakdown of families, and said she would emphasize programs aimed at holding fathers financially responsible for their children.

"There is a permanent underclass, people trapped in government dependency," she said.

The Rev. Norman Handy, who moderated the event, told Mrs. Sauerbrey, "We, in theory, agree with much of what you said. But we disagree about the active and viable role government must play. We do not want you to feel that a lessening of government is good for all people."

Mrs. Sauerbrey's appearance before a crowd that might have been critical of her smaller-is-better approach to government was helped by Mr. Glendening's failure to attend. The three-term Prince George's County executive spent the morning at a Hyattsville news conference, at which he blasted Mrs. Sauerbrey's proposed 24 percent income tax cut, and then went to Salisbury to address a Rotary Club lunch.

"His absence certainly conveyed a message . . . that he has other priorities," said Linda Eisenberg, director of the Maryland Food Committee. Yet, when she and others who attended the anti-hunger event were pressed about which candidate they thought would be most likely to support their programs, they uniformly agreed that it would be Mr. Glendening.

Eric Andrus, a spokesman for Mr. Glendening, blamed his candidate's absence on a scheduling conflict. He said the campaign offered to send Mr. Glendening's running mate, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, but the offer was rejected.

In Salisbury, in a region of the state that is expected to be in Mrs. Sauerbrey's column on Election Day, Mr. Glendening tried to woo about 75 Rotarians with a solidly pro-business speech. He ** pledged to hold the line on taxes, to cut governmental regulations, and to support a streamlining of the permit process involving wetlands by giving full authority for the federal-state program to the state.

"I am unabashedly pro-business," he said.

Both in Salisbury and earlier in the day in Hyattsville, he blasted Mrs. Sauerbrey's tax cut plan as a "gimmick" that would result in higher local taxes and devasting cuts in government services.

Later in the day, Mr. Glendening had planned to join a corps of tTC Democratic office-holders for campaign stops in eastern Baltimore County and East Baltimore, areas where he lagged behind state Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski in the primary.

Because of the heavy weather, however, he missed shift changes at the General Motors plant on Broening Highway and the Martin Marietta plant on Eastern Avenue.

Mr. Miedusiewski, who has endorsed Mr. Glendening and was to escort him yesterday, said Mrs. Sauerbrey has been showing "real strong support" in eastern Baltimore County, a Democratic stronghold that has supported Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley in the past.

As for the city, the senator said, "I'm a little concerned because I am seeing some Sauerbrey signs going up in what has been a bastion for the Democratic Party. They're sporadic, but I don't usually see any Republican signs."

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