Phil Gramm to attend GOP fund-raiser on Aug. 31 CAMPAIGN 1996

July 28, 1995|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas is scheduled to speak at a fund-raiser for the Tri-District Republican Club of Carroll County next month.

He will be the first major presidential candidate to visit the county since 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt stopped in Westminster, club President Carmen Amedori said yesterday.

"We're very excited about it," Ms. Amedori said. "People outside of local politics are beginning to realize Carroll County's effort."

She said she hopes 600 people will attend the Aug. 31 "Victory in '96" dinner at Martin's Westminster.

Jay Graybeal, director of the Historical Society of Carroll County, said a presidential candidate has not visited the county for 83 years, since Theodore Roosevelt passed through on a whistle-stop tour.

Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan was scheduled to visit Carroll in 1992 but canceled his appearance.

"This will be a truly historic event," Ms. Amedori wrote in a July 23 letter to local party members. She is chairwoman of the dinner.

Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple.

For another $50, an individual or couple may have a picture taken with Mr. Gramm.

The Tri-District club hopes to raise $10,000, Ms. Amedori said. All proceeds will go to the club, because its governing documents prohibit donations to candidates until after the primary election.

She said the club plans to donate most of its profits from the dinner to the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.

Thomas W. Bowen, the Central Committee chairman, said Mr. Gramm's appearance here is a big deal for the local party.

"It's planned as a big event," he said yesterday.

Ms. Amedori said local Republicans will try to bring other candidates, such as Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, another presidential contender, to Carroll.

"We want as many as we can get," she said.

Carroll County Republicans made a strong showing in the November 1994 election, when the voters elected 15 of 16 Republicans on the ticket. Last month, the Maryland Republican Party named the county its GOP County of the Year.

Registered Republicans in Carroll outnumbered registered Democrats as of last month. Carroll had 32,828 registered Republicans and 28,000 registered Democrats.

The deadline to register for the dinner with Mr. Gramm is Aug. 25. Information: 848-4693.

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