Governor calls timeout on politics for Sept. 11

State parties agree

anniversary falls a day after Tuesday's primary

September 06, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Gov. Parris N. Glendening called on the leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties yesterday to refrain from political activity Wednesday -- the day after Maryland's primary election, and anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks -- and officials with both parties said they would comply.

"While our electoral traditions include a day of frenzied activity after a primary, this is a date that should remain uncluttered by politically charged rhetoric," Glendening said in a letter to Democratic Party Chairman Wayne L. Rogers and acting Republican Party Chairman Louis Pope. "This is a day for solemn reflection and remembrance."

David Paulson, a Democratic Party spokesman, said candidates would be encouraged to stop campaigning Wednesday.

Pope said: "I don't agree with Parris Glendening very often, but I have to agree with him in this case."

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