Races in the D.C. suburbs Sun endorsements: Maryland congressional members in Washington area merit re-election.

October 22, 1998

TODAY, The Sun offers endorsements for the Maryland congressional districts around Washington. Tomorrow, we'll endorse in the congressional districts in the Baltimore area and beyond.

Wynn for the 4th

The lack of credible opposition is a good indication that voters in Maryland's 4th District think Rep. Albert R. Wynn is doing a good job. The three-term Democrat is opposed by Republican John B. Kimble, who embarrassed his party in 1994 by offering to pose nude for Playgirl magazine.

Mr. Wynn has been impressive in recent weeks with his unflagging loyalty to two embattled Democrats, President Clinton and Gov. Parris N. Glendening. He has been a strong advocate of federal assistance to help solve urban problems such as crime and blight.

Hoyer for the 5th

Republican Robert B. Ostrom, seeking to oust Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer after nine terms, is unable to use the customary line of attack against a veteran incumbent -- he's tired, out of touch, doesn't work hard for the district anymore. That, frankly, wouldn't stick to Mr. Hoyer, whose hands-on involvement landed thousands of jobs for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Mr. Ostrom is left to attempt a weak jab at Mr. Hoyer with the "L-word." Even the liberal tag, however, doesn't stick well to the Democrat, who has sponsored legislation to get tougher with repeat felons and deadbeat parents. Voters also aren't likely to punish him for supporting the president. We endorse Mr. Hoyer, dean of the Maryland delegation, member of the influential Appropriations Committee and a Democratic Party leader in Washington.

Morella for the 8th

One of the most moderate of Republicans, Rep. Constance A. Morella, faces the stiffest challenge of all the incumbents.

Although she's the antithesis of a partisan politician, former civil rights lobbyist Ralph G. Neas says that simply by being a Republican, Mrs. Morella leans too far to the right for the 8th District in Montgomery County. He cites as proof that she voted with the GOP majority that elected Newt Gingrich as speaker of the House.

Voters should be able to see beyond such tactics. Mr. Neas is a worthy opponent, having dedicated most of his life to equal opportunity for all Americans. But Mrs. Morella's centrist stance since going to Congress in 1986 has benefited not only her district, but the nation. She deserves re-election.

Pub Date: 10/22/98

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