Harris for Senate in the 9th Sun endorsements: For House, GOP's Kach, Klima and Kelly

in 10th, Democrats are unchallenged.

October 16, 1998

THE DEFEAT of Sen. F. Vernon Boozer in the Republica primary election last month shocked Maryland's political establishment, which had grown fond of the Senate minority leader's pragmatism and non-ideological approach.

The winner, Andrew P. Harris, was painted by critics as a right-wing loony for his uncompromising opposition to partial birth abortion. It is an unfair caricature.

Dr. Harris, 41, an obstetric anesthesiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was brought up by his anti-communist Eastern

European immigrant parents as a staunch conservative. This has produced a political philosophy that melds fervent patriotism with convictions Dr. Harris has gained from his scientific training. The resulting melange can sound distinctly old-fashioned. For example, the candidate quotes the Founding Fathers in explaining why he supports a citizen legislature with self-imposed term limits.

Dr. Harris would be an interesting addition to the legislature. He seems to appreciate bipartisan cooperation. We endorse him.

Dr. Harris' triumph in the primary was attributable to his networking skills and the mobilization of like-minded GOP faithful. His Democratic opponent, Anthony O. Blades, 61, a former parole officer and military retiree, is a political novice without a well-oiled organization. Although he's also conservative his beliefs, he has an uphill fight on his hands.

Republican dominance of this northern Baltimore County district, represented in the House until 1994 by Ellen R. Sauerbrey, is such that only one Democrat filed to oppose the three incumbents.

Delegates Wade Kach, seeking a seventh term, and Martha Scanlan Klima, seeking a fifth term, win our support in the largely rural 9A section of the district, which runs from the Pennsylvania line to the Loch Raven Reservoir area.

Republican James M. Kelly is unopposed in his bid for a second term in subdistrict 9B.

September's primary ended challenges in the 10th District, which runs along Liberty Road through Randallstown and includes a slice of Baltimore City. All Democratic nominees are unopposed.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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