First lady attends $250,000 fund-raiser for governor CAMPAIGN 1998

October 22, 1998|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF

McLEAN, Va. -- First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton helped the Glendening-Townsend campaign raise $250,000 last night at an event here in the luxurious stone house of a top Democratic fund-raiser.

The first lady has been campaigning for Democratic candidates all over the United States.

But she said of the Maryland governor's race, "This race is tight and should not be.

"It should be a runaway, but, you know you're here because we have to get the message out," Clinton said.

About 70 people attended the event at the home of Terry McAuliffe, finance chairman for the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996.

The first lady outlined the policy differences between Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Republican challenger Ellen R. Sauerbrey -- although she never referred to Sauerbrey by name.

"That is what is frustrating about this race, because Parris Glendening and [Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend] have done a very good job leading Maryland, but they've also from the beginning been under unrelenting attack," Clinton said.

"We have a tough race," Townsend acknowledged.

Contributors paid a minimum of $1,000 to attend last night's fund-raiser in this bucolic, wooded community. But many of them will not be able to vote for the Glendening-Townsend team because they don't live in Maryland.

The crowd included Townsend's mother, Ethel Kennedy; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold M. Ickes; and CNN legal analyst Greta Van Susteren.

Last night was the second time in two weeks that a Clinton has come to the aid of the Glendening campaign. As recently as six weeks ago, it looked as if the White House would not be involved in the campaign.

In what has become perhaps the most notable gaffe of the Glendening campaign, the governor sharply rebuked President Clinton over Labor Day weekend, saying his actions in the Monica Lewinsky matter were "inappropriate" and "wrong."

Glendening then canceled an Oct. 2 fund-raiser with the president and declined to show up for the president's dTC appearance at a Montgomery County elementary school.

But after the president apologized publicly for the Lewinsky affair, Glendening changed his tune, returned to the White House for fund-raising help and appeared last week when the president visited another Montgomery County elementary school.

Peter S. Hamm, a Glendening spokesman, said all the governor wanted the president to do was apologize, and he was now satisfied that Mr. Clinton had done that.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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