13 Baltimore Democrats endorse Ruppersberger

O'Malley among backers

Giuliani to help Bentley

October 17, 2002|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

More than a dozen prominent Baltimore Democrats, including Mayor Martin O'Malley and City Council President Sheila Dixon, endorsed C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger for Congress yesterday, saying he has been a friend of the city in his years as Baltimore County executive.

Ruppersberger's opponent, Helen Delich Bentley, announced she will be getting help from a notable mayor of her own - Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, will appear at a function on her behalf the Sunday before the election.

In a ceremony at the Senator Theatre, which Ruppersberger used to walk to when he was growing up in the city, O'Malley said Ruppersberger's support has been critical for the city in fighting drug addiction and crime. If Ruppersberger is elected, Baltimore will have a sure friend in Congress, the mayor said.

"He was not only talking the game of regionalism and metropolitanism, he was doing the tough things necessary to save lives," O'Malley said.

Others endorsing Ruppersberger included: state Sens. Joan Carter Conway, George W. Della Jr. and Nathaniel J. McFadden; Dels. Ann Marie Doory, Carolyn J. Krysiak, Maggie L. McIntosh and Brian K. McHale; Councilmen Robert W. Curran, Nicholas C. D'Adamo Jr. and Kenneth N. Harris Sr.; and Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector.

Bentley campaign manager Michael S. Kosmas said Giuliani will attend a $500-a-head fund-raiser for the former congresswoman at the Hyatt hotel downtown Nov. 3. Photos with Giuliani will cost a $2,000 contribution.

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