Friends, foes say county executive is planning run for governor in 2002

October 29, 1998|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff

Fueling speculation about a possible gubernatorial run in 2002, Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger raked in $48,000 yesterday at a $500-per-ticket breakfast fund-raiser in Timonium sponsored by Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos.

With the general election less than a week off, Ruppersberger avoided any mention of 2002, saying simply that he wasn't about to turn away Angelos, who volunteered to help the executive in his re-election campaign against Republican John J. Bishop.

But because Ruppersberger's latest campaign finance report showed more than $500,000 on hand compared with Bishop's $1,730, speculation about yesterday's proceeds was natural.

"You know what he needs it for," former U.S. Sen. Daniel B. Brewster said. "He's banking this. He's not spending it because he wants to run for governor."

And Ruppersberger didn't try to discourage such thinking.

"That's OK. That's great. Let them speculate," he said.

The 96 seats at the Timonium Holiday Inn were all filled, raising about $48,000 for Ruppersberger.

One person who needs no convincing about Ruppersberger's motives is Bishop, a former two-term delegate from Parkville.

"It's outrageous that anyone would support him for county executive because he's going to be making county decisions based on how they would play in a gubernatorial campaign," the Republican charged.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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