Flanagan, Kittleman in 14B Sun endorsements: Republican incumbents are among the more effective legislators in the House.

August 13, 1998

IN THEIR fourth and third terms, respectively, Robert H. Kittleman and Robert L. Flanagan have served House District 14B well.

They should be renominated in the Republican primary, where they face opposition from self-styled "constitutional conservative" John B. Clark.

Mr. Clark, a semiretired insurance broker from Lisbon, also ran for the GOP nomination in 1994. He has made some valid points during the campaign about the ethical lapses of career politicians. But such criticism doesn't apply to Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Kittleman.

With nearly 28 years of combined legislative service, the two have ascended to key leadership positions in the House, where they can have great impact on issues affecting not only their constituents in Montgomery and Howard counties, but all Marylanders. Mr. Kittleman is House minority leader; Mr.

Flanagan is House whip.

Mr. Kittleman, a West Friendship beef farmer, can be an enigma at times.

The staunch Republican sometimes supports liberal positions. The longtime member of the NAACP is pro-choice and has voted for gun control. His unwillingness to be pigeon-holed suits the affluent district he serves.

Mr. Flanagan, like Mr. Kittleman, is a fiscal conservative who supports gun control. But the lawyer who lives in Ellicott City has not been shy about partisan politics.

In recent weeks, he has alleged that State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli was pressured by Maryland Democrats to investigate whether Linda Tripp broke state law by secretly taping conversations with Monica Lewinsky about alleged sexual encounters with President Clinton.

The two winners of the GOP primary must get past only one Democrat when the general election arrives Nov. 3.

William C. Woodcock Jr., president of the Young Democrats of Howard County, is his party's sole candidate.

Mr. Woodcock, a 30-year-old finance administrator for a nonprofit health care company, will offer a generational contrast to Mr. Kittleman, 72, Mr. Clark, 66, or Mr. Flanagan, 52.

In nominating Mr. Kittleman and Mr. Flanagan, Republicans in 14B will be choosing two candidates who can show that their experience as legislators has benefited the district.

The Senate seat in Legislative District 14, with a single candidate from each party, offers no contested primary.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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