Gore to be at political benefit Vice president coming Oct. 27 for governor's fund-raiser

Glendening spurned Clinton

September 30, 1998|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF

Three weeks after Gov. Parris N. Glendening withdrew his invitation to President Clinton to appear at a fund-raiser on his behalf, Vice President Al Gore agreed yesterday to come to Maryland to help the governor's re-election bid.

Peter S. Hamm, Glendening's campaign spokesman, confirmed last night that Gore would appear at a luncheon fund-raiser Oct. 27 -- just a week before the Nov. 3 general election, in which the governor faces Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey.

"The governor's very, very proud to have the vice president and this administration's support," Hamm said. "We're looking forward to the 27th."

He said the location of the event and the price of tickets have not been set.

The cost of tickets could run from $500 to $1,000 a person for lunch with the vice president, according to people familiar with -- such events.

There had been concern that Gore would not appear for the governor after Glendening canceled the fund-raiser with Clinton, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2, in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Stepping abruptly away from Clinton, Glendening also skipped a presidential appearance earlier this month in Montgomery County.

The governor blamed a scheduling conflict, but he also said the president had failed to provide a proper role model for America's youth.

Glendening's advisers asked the White House to send Gore as a substitute.

Well-publicized snub

Before Gore agreed yesterday, some of the state's top Democratic officials and contributors speculated that the vice president would keep Glendening waiting for an answer because of his highly publicized rejection of Clinton.

Glendening's snub gained national media attention. It also threatened the governor's standing among black voters -- who are key to his re-election hopes and who, polls show, largely support the president.

After Glendening spurned Clinton, the White House still appeared willing to help. Aides to Gore have said that communication with the Glendening campaign continued through the month.

Democratic officials have noted that Gore, who likely will run for president in 2000, does not want the GOP to take control of the Maryland State House.

First Lady Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear as the guest of honor at an Oct. 21 event in Virginia for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

That event is expected to yield $250,000 for the Glendening-Townsend campaign, though ticket sales have been slow, according to someone familiar with the effort.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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