Lobbyists win seats on Prince George's Democratic...

Campaign Digest

September 17, 1998|By From staff reports

Lobbyists win seats on Prince George's Democratic committee

Three of four Annapolis lobbyists who ran on tickets with most of Prince George's County's incumbent legislators were elected Tuesday to seats on the county Democratic central committee.

Gary R. Alexander, Joel D. Rozner, John P. McDonough and Minervia W. Riddick were recruited by the incumbent Prince George's senators to run on their slates for the obscure party offices. The committee's chief responsibility is to fill vacancies in the legislature.

Alexander, Rozner and McDonough -- all of whom are private lawyers and represent a host of special-interest clients before the General Assembly -- won posts. Riddick, a lobbyist for Washington Gas Light Co. and the wife of Major F. Riddick, Gov. Parris N. Glendening's chief of staff, lost a countywide bid for an at-large slot.

Glendening fires media consultant

Concerned with the quality of his television ads, Glendening has fired his media consultant only seven weeks before the Nov. 3 election.

Glendening campaign spokeswoman Karen White said the switch of consultants in recent days was designed to ensure that Glendening and other Democratic candidates such as U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski have a similar campaign message leading up to Election Day.

But sources said the Glendening camp had not been happy with the governor's three television commercials. White said the governor ousted his longtime consultants, Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns & Associates, and replaced them with the firm that advises Mikulski, Shrum, Devine and Donolin of Washington.

Another Clinton will attend fund-raiser for Townsend

Glendening may have canceled a fund-raiser featuring President Clinton, but first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the guest of honor at an event next month to raise money for the governor's running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Mrs. Clinton will be the headliner at the Oct. 21 event at the McLean, Va., home of Terry McAuliffe, a major fund-raiser for the president.

While the event is designed to benefit Townsend, the proceeds -- projected to reach about $250,000 -- will go to the Glendening-Townsend re-election effort. Glendening canceled the Bill Clinton fund-raiser in an effort to distance his campaign from the scandal surrounding the president.

Pub Date: 9/17/98

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