Glendening, Sauerbrey charge 11th-hour switches on issues CAMPAIGN 1994

November 04, 1994|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer

With the election only five days away, the candidates for governor yesterday charged each other with 11th-hour switches on the environment and taxes.

In dueling news conferences in Anne Arundel County, Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey said Democrat Parris N. Glendening had gone through a "death-bed conversion" to become a would-be tax-cutter, while he derided her attempt to cast herself as an environmentalist.

"In the very last days of the campaign, she is making wild claims that she is an environmentalist," Mr. Glendening told a group of environmentalists gathered at the water's edge in Annapolis.

Mrs. Sauerbrey has been distributing a flier highlighting her concern for the environment which reads in part: "As a former biology teacher, she cares deeply about a clean and healthy environment."

Those kinds of statements don't change her long history in the legislature voting against major environmental bills, according to Glendening and an environmental leader who appeared with him.

"If Ellen Sauerbrey is elected governor, it will be a dark four years in the history of the Chesapeake Bay," said John Kabler of Clean Water Action. "It will be four years from which the bay may never recover."

Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen's Association, and Bill Woodfield, owner of Woodfield Fish & Oyster Co. in Galesville, both praised Mr. Glendening.

Mrs. Sauerbrey's subject of the day was Mr. Glendening's position on taxes. "He is a born-again tax-cutter," said Mrs. Sauerbrey, who has proposed a 24 percent cut in personal income taxes over four years. Her campaign imported a half-dozen Prince George's Countians to a Glen Burnie shopping center to talk about their tax burden during Mr. Glendening's 12-year tenure as county executive.

"Parris Glendening has never met a tax he didn't like or a tax he doesn't like to raise," said Jim Jordan, a 36-year-old telephone cable splicer from Upper Marlboro.

At the event, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, the 1st District Republican, endorsed Mrs. Sauerbrey.

Mr. Glendening has supported several tax increases as county executive, although some taxes have been reduced. He has pledged that as governor he would not to raise taxes and would review business taxes with an eye toward cutting them.

Moving quickly to blunt Mrs. Sauerbrey's message, the Glendening campaign produced several Prince George's County residents of its own, making them available next to Mrs. Sauerbrey's parking-lot event to describe their support for the Democrat.

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