Schaefer joins Maryland Democrats endorsing Bradley's presidential bid

November 18, 1999|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF

Once bitter adversaries, Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and former Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs are on the same team supporting presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

Schaefer joined a list yesterday of Maryland Democratic officials who have endorsed Bradley in his run against Vice President Al Gore.

"I have been involved in public service for four decades, and rarely have I met someone with the integrity, honesty and character of Bill Bradley," Schaefer said in a statement released by the Bradley campaign.

"Bill Bradley is America's best hope to bring about the bold changes our country needs on issues such as health care and child poverty," Schaefer added.

Sachs, who ran against Schaefer in the 1986 gubernatorial primary, had earlier endorsed Bradley, a former U.S. senator from New Jersey and retired professional basketball player.

Other Maryland Democrats backing Bradley include Baltimore City Councilwoman Stephanie Rawlings, state Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Dels. Cheryl C. Kagan and Paul H. Carlson, all of Montgomery.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are among the prominent Maryland Democrats backing Gore.

Maryland's primary will be held March 7, five weeks after the New Hampshire primary Feb. 1, the first of the election.

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