Election Digest

Election Digest

September 19, 2002|By From staff reports

ANNAPOLIS — In Maryland

MSTA attacks Ehrlich for his votes on education

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland State Teachers Association sharply criticized Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s education record yesterday, issuing him a report card of all "F's" and giving Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend all "A's."

The union - which has endorsed Townsend - charged that Ehrlich voted in Congress to cut funding of such programs as school construction and class-size reduction. Ehrlich says that such votes are taken out of context, and that his overall record shows he has backed increased spending on education. The union also disagrees with his support for school vouchers that would allow families to use public funding to subsidize private school tuition.

In giving Townsend "A's," MSTA leaders praised efforts by Townsend and Gov. Parris N. Glendening to increase public school funding. They promised to send mailings and make telephone calls supporting Townsend to their 58,000 members. The report card was released a day after Townsend began airing a television ad hitting Ehrlich on many of the points.

In Montgomery County

Abortion rights league endorses Townsend

GLEN ECHO - The National Abortion Rights Action League endorsed Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend yesterday in the race for governor.

Kate Michelman, president of NARAL, told a rally that Townsend "is fully, firmly and unequivocally pro-choice." Michelman was also sharply critical of Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.. Although Ehrlich is an abortion-rights supporter, he has opposed public funding for abortions.

2 national groups criticize Ehrlich on gun control

SILVER SPRING - Two national organizations advocating stricter gun laws joined forces yesterday to criticize Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s stance on gun control.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million-Mom March committee staged a rally to launch a weeklong campaign targeting Ehrlich, who is running for governor. Michael D. Barnes, president of the Brady group, said Ehrlich "is out of the mainstream" when it comes to gun control.

The groups launched a Web site, www.ehrlichandguns.com.

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