Election Digest

August 27, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Ehrlich says he would sell $4.9 million state plane

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. says if he is elected he would sell a $4.9 million state airplane and put the money toward public education.

"This plane symbolizes the arrogance, rampant spending, and misguided priorities" of Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Ehrlich's Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ehrlich said in a statement.

Glendening has used the aircraft - bought last year to transport out-of-state prisoners to Maryland - for his own travel. Ehrlich demanded the administration submit a report, due July 1, to the General Assembly detailing the plane's use.

State police spokesman Maj. Greg Shipley said yesterday the overdue report would be handed in this week and will show that the plane delivered 37 prisoners to Maryland from November through June. While the governor has used it, he added, "This is not an everyday thing."

Shapiro ad accuses foes of `childish infighting'

Joining his two major Democratic primary opponents on the airwaves, 8th District congressional candidate Ira Shapiro yesterday released a television ad that accuses his rivals of "childish infighting."

The 30-second ad, to be played on the major networks starting today, opens with an image of children boxing and a headline from a recent news article about a war of words between Shapiro's main primary foes, Del. Mark K. Shriver and state Sen. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. The rest of the ad highlights Shapiro's record as a Capital Hill staff member and a Clinton administration trade negotiator.

Van Hollen campaign manager Steve Jost called the ad hypocritical, saying that Shapiro had called four news conferences to attack his rivals on issues, such as the proposed Inter-County Connector and NAFTA. "It's foolishly ironic to have the attack dog in the race admonishing the other candidates not to do what he's been doing" Jost said.

Democrats for Ehrlich plan rallies tonight, tomorrow

Democrats for Ehrlich are scheduled to hold rallies tonight and tomorrow in Baltimore County to support the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Tonight's will be held from 7 to 9 at Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company at Philadelphia and Old Mountain roads. Tomorrow's rally will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company in the 11000 block of York Road.

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