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Morgan State administrator left out in cold for presidential forum

Black Caucus debate set for Tuesday at the school

September 06, 2003|By Alec MacGillis | Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF

But so far there is no campaign Web site, her only financial contributions have come from "friends and family," and her staff consists of Glover's husband, the Rev. Bill Hopkins, and the director of Morgan's Christian/Interfaith Center, the Rev. John Carter.

Glover has registered with the Federal Election Commission but has yet to get on any state primary ballots.

Glover, who previously taught at Atlanta University and Savannah State College in Georgia, said the campaign hasn't gotten off the ground because she has been focused on trying to get into the debate.

This isn't the first time Glover has been excluded from a campaign forum. In 1986, she threatened a lawsuit to stop a debate in a race for a U.S. House seat that featured Julian Bond, the future chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and civil rights leader John Lewis, who won the race.

As Glover sees it, there is a clear explanation for her exclusion this time: Democratic leaders want to clear the field for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to run at the last moment and seize the nomination.

But that tactic won't keep Glover out of view, she said. Expect to see her campaigning outside the debate Tuesday. After all, it's her campus.

"If I don't speak inside, I'll speak outside," she said.

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