Sauerbrey fund-raiser has polka, bratwurst Oktoberfest tradition dates to 1978 campaign for House of Delegates

Campaign 1998

October 25, 1997|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF

At the first of five Oktoberfest fund-raisers last night, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ellen R. Sauerbrey continued her long march to the election of 1998.

Last night, at least, a little dancing was thrown in.

While supporters did the polka and an oompah band called Heidi and Hans played, Sauerbrey renewed her promise to give Marylanders more control over their money and their lives.

The candidate referred to the event in Parkville as a "friend-raiser" -- not likely to raise a significant sum of money.

"It's an affordable way to keep people energized about the campaign," she said.

Tickets were $50 each. In brief remarks, Sauerbrey, wearing a bright purple dirndl dress, said, "People here support the belief that individuals and families make better decisions for themselves than government does for them."

Half German and half Irish, Sauerbrey started using Oktoberfest as a fund-raising theme in 1978 when she was a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates. Three years ago, anticipating her second run for governor, she began holding multiple statewide fests. This year, supporters in Cumberland, Waldorf, Annapolis and Salisbury will eat sauerkraut and bratwurst in her honor.

In 1994, she lost by 5,993 votes to Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat.

The Sauerbrey campaign has raised about $780,000 and hopes to exceed $4 million. Campaign officials said about 700 people attended last night's event at the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall.

The Sauerbrey campaign's next major fund-raising effort will be Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore. Representative John R. Kasich, an Ohio Republican and chairman of the House Budget Committee, will be the featured speaker.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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