Ehrlich and DeJuliis cannot agree on details of congressional debates

June 26, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

An article yesterday misstated details of proposed joint appearances by 2nd District congressional candidates Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis, a Democrat, and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. DeJuliis said she has been invited several times by talk show host Les Kinsolving to appear on radio with Ehrlich but has declined.

The Sun regrets the error.

Both candidates for Maryland's 2nd District congressional seat say they want public debates, but that's about all they agree on.

So far, Democratic challenger Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, don't agree on the number of debates, the rules or even who had the idea first.

DeJuliis, a former Dundalk delegate, suggested in a letter to Ehrlich and in an accompanying news release yesterday that four one-hour debates be held between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. She proposed a panel of questioners, a neutral audience and an agreement that neither campaign use debate statements in any form.


Ehrlich countered by saying that his staff already has proposed debates to various institutions in the district, which covers Harford County, eastern and northern Baltimore County and a small por- tion of northern Anne Arundel County. He rejected DeJuliis' other terms, noting Congress won't adjourn until early October, making September debates difficult.

"We want a wide-ranging series of debates -- at least twice that many," he said.

He accused DeJuliis of trying to "sanitize" the encounters by having a neutral crowd and of "gagging the media" by prohibiting the campaigns from using video or quotes from the debates in commercials or in other ways. He also said she was dodging invitations to appear with him on a talk-radio show each week.

DeJuliis shot back that she suggested early scheduling to make sure the media cover the debates. She denied being invited to be on radio with Ehrlich, and said audiences should be nonpartisan to ensure a serious discussion of issues instead of partisan bickering. "We took the initiative," she said, "because we believe the issues are very important."

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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