North attends Sauerbrey fund-raiser near Annapolis CAMPAIGN 1998

March 24, 1998|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey and her special guest, Iran-contra figure Oliver L. North, entertained campaign contributors privately last night in an elegant home outside Annapolis.

A Sun reporter, who drove down the quarter-mile wooded driveway to a makeshift parking lot, gave his name and was immediately asked to leave. A parking attendant said the name was on a "don't admit" list.

About 30 cars were parked on a slight incline leading to the fountain-fronted home of Mike Scarborough, a corporate money manager.

The conservative North's appearance at the $125-a-person party had drawn criticism earlier yesterday from state Democratic Party chairman Peter Krauser, who issued a news release under vTC the heading, "Sauerbrey's extremism is showing: Oliver North Doesn't Represent Maryland Values."

"Ollie North is so extreme that [Republicans] Bob Dole, U.S. Senator John Warner [of Virginia] and other mainstream Republicans have avoided him like the plague," the release says. "But Ellen Sauerbrey embraces him. I'm glad she's showing Marylanders what she stands for -- and who her friends are."

North is one of a dozen or so leading national Republicans who have come to Maryland to help Sauerbrey raise money for her effort to unseat Democratic Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Sauerbrey's critics seized upon North, who was convicted of several offenses stemming from the Reagan administration's effort to assist the contras in Nicaragua. An appeals court overturned the convictions.

Guests at Sauerbrey's event last night could have their picture taken with the retired Marine lieutenant colonel for a $500 contribution.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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