Education votes by Ehrlich assailed Republican denies DeJuliis' charges

Campaign 1996

September 14, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Democrat Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis has stepped up the pace of her congressional campaign, attacking her 2nd District Republican rival's voting record on education and adding a big door-knocking effort today.

DeJuliis used Towson State University as a backdrop for her announcement on education policy yesterday. She plans to have volunteers visit as many as 75,000 homes today from Dundalk to Towson to distribute literature on the subject.

DeJuliis -- who is seeking to unseat conservative freshman Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- proposed a $1,500 federal tax credit to help finance at least one year's worth of community college, plus a second year's credit for students who earn a B average

She also proposed a program to provide job training money, similar to the GI Bill that paid for college for many World War II and Korean War veterans.

She called both ideas "concepts" and offered no explanation of how they might work, cost estimates or suggestions for how to finance them.

DeJuliis accused Ehrlich of voting with House Speaker Newt Gingrich for cuts in education spending that she called "the biggest assault on education in our nation's history."

She said Ehrlich voted to cut $10 billion in student loans, to cut funding for a federal program for safe and drug-free schools, and for cuts in 130 other federal education programs, including school lunch subsidies.

"Bob Ehrlich got his student loan, got his Ivy league degree and became a prosperous lawyer," she said. Then, she said, "he voted to close the door on everyone else."

Ehrlich denied the charges, denouncing them as "the usual class-warfare rhetoric." His votes, he said, were intended to slow the growth of federal spending and cut waste, not to reduce the amounts spent on them.

"We increased funding for student loans. One of these days she'll have to start telling the truth," he said.

Ehrlich's staff said he did cast the three votes DeJuliis pointed to but that she interpreted them misleadingly.

DeJuliis held two fund-raisers this week, spent most of Thursday filming television commercials that should begin airing in October and Monday campaigned at the Ateaze senior center in Dundalk and at a luncheon held by a women's Democratic club that afternoon at Minnick's restaurant nearby.

At 7 p.m. Monday at Essex Community College, she and Ehrlich will hold the first of a series of debates.

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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