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Club's membership `not my business,' governor says

July 06, 2005|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

Sun General Manager John Patinella, who is not a member of Elkridge, said the paper has not held events there since the 1980s. The current publisher, Denise E. Palmer, is not a member of Elkridge.

"I never even considered being a member considering what I had heard of their historically restrictive practices," she said.

Richard E. Vatz, a professor of political rhetoric at Towson University who is an Ehrlich supporter, said criticism of the governor's fund-raiser by prominent African-Americans is disingenuous, as they made no rebuke of racially insensitive statements by Democrats toward Steele during the 2002 campaign.

Although the governor held a four-hour event at a country club with a questionable membership roster, he has displayed a commitment to inclusiveness in more substantial ways, Vatz said.

"You've got to have a fair, comprehensive, bird's-eye view of the man's racial activity," Vatz said. "Has there been any other lieutenant governor who has been African-American? As far as I can perceive, there is no prejudice in this administration at all."

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