Feaga's fund-raiser attracts opponent Republican candidate welcomes rival Robey

March 31, 1998|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Howard County Councilman Charles C. Feaga, a Republican candidate for county executive, raised more than $5,000 at a weekend fund-raiser that featured a visit by his potential Democratic opponent, James N. Robey.

Robey, the recently retired Howard police chief, received a largely warm welcome from the estimated 350 guests at the event. But his attendance surprised some Republicans.

"To have your opponent come to a fund-raiser and receive a warm round of applause is bizarre," said Carol Arscott, a former Howard GOP chairwoman and a consultant to Dennis R. Schrader, Feaga's rival for the Republican county executive nomination. "Can you imagine Governor Glendening showing up at one of Ellen Sauerbrey's events?," she asked, referring to the Republican gubernatorial contender.

Robey said he asked Feaga Thursday at an awards dinner whether he could attend the fund-raiser.

"I asked him if it was all right if I came, and he said sure, Robey said. "I've known him for a long, long time. Out of the Republicans [in the race for county executive] he's the best. When he wins, it will be him and I, and it will be different."

Feaga, a West Friendship farmer, said, "I'm sure after the primary we'll have to put on our boxing gloves."

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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