Cardin kicks off campaign challenger is no-show

Republican says he failed to find a parking space

Campaign 1996

September 10, 1996|By Michael James | Michael James,SUN STAFF

More than 200 hard-core Democrats turned out last night for Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's campaign kickoff rally last night, but a notable no-show was Republican challenger Patrick L. McDonough.

He said he could not find a parking space.

McDonough had planned to stand across the street from the rally at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway, saying he wanted to be available for reporters seeking comment "in response to anything Cardin said about me."

"I tried to make a landing down there, but the traffic and the parking situation was terrible," said McDonough, who has been waging a name-calling campaign. "It figures he would have his rally in a museum. After all, [he's] a liberal dinosaur."

Cardin, seeking his sixth term in Congress, ignored McDonough in his speech, which focused on the hope that the Democrats would recapture key seats in the November election.

But state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger, an Owings Mills Democrat who acted as master of ceremonies, got in a few digs on Cardin's behalf.

"He is not a nice person," Hollinger told a cheering crowd.

McDonough, a former conservative talk radio host, has run an aggressive campaign against the heavily favored Cardin, using quips and jabs clearly intended to ruffle the veteran congressman. At times, Cardin has lashed back and accused McDonough of running a slanderous campaign.

"I'd like to talk about the issues," Cardin has said. "He just wants to put me on the defensive."

McDonough defended his tactics last night and said Cardin is used to coasting through campaigns.

"This year, it's not a tea party," McDonough said.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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