Washington Post sues governor to get phone, calendar records Files for 6 months sought for Glendening, 3 aides

December 05, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Washington Post sued Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday to force him to turn over six months' worth of appointment calendars and telephone records for himself and three officials close to him.

The newspaper's complaint, filed in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, came more than a year after its initial requests made under the Maryland Public Information Act. The Post wants to examine "issues of access to the governor's office and campaign financing," according to the suit.

In correspondence that accompanies the filing, state officials denied several versions of the requests, citing executive privilege and privacy. But the letters make clear that the newspaper and Glendening were negotiating until about a month ago.

The governor's office had not received a copy of the suit and would not comment. But Andrea Leahy-Fucheck, a lawyer for the governor, said Glendening was offering to "open a number of the records" sought by the Post.

"The governor has gone to great lengths to satisfy the requests of the Post," she said.

The Post is seeking records for Glendening, Secretary of State John T. Willis, Glendening's Chief of Staff Major F. Riddick Jr. and Senior Adviser to the Governor Susan Smith. The initial request was for phone records for nearly two years, but the Post narrowed it to six months.

Willis is a close friend and chief political adviser of Glendening's. Riddick was Glendening's chief administrative officer when Glendening was Prince George's County executive. Smith is a Glendening loyalist and was his deputy campaign manager.

Pub Date: 12/05/97

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