October 28, 1990
Democrat Louis L. Goldstein, a Maryland institution, has been comptroller since 1958. This longevity gives the revenue office stability and expertise. Mr. Goldstein runs an efficient shop and has kept a close eye on tax receipts, pension-fund investments and Board of Public Works activity. Republican nominee Larry M. Epstein is a spirited challenger but hasn't found any major chinks in Mr. Goldstein's formidable armor. We endorse Comptroller Goldstein's bid for a ninth term.
July 24, 1995
The last two comptrollers elected by Baltimoreans provided persuasive ammunition for people who argued the city would be better off without the position. But the office was a good idea in 1857 when Mayor Thomas Swann first created the comptroller's post, and it's a good idea now.The comptroller reviews every contract and lease that comes before the Board of Estimates and chairs city pension boards. That person must guard against questionable spending or investments that might otherwise be based on political favoritism.
October 29, 1991
With the retirement of Hyman Pressman this year, the Democratic primary for comptroller became one of the city's most hotly contested elections. The winner of that race, Jacqueline McLean, is a businesswoman and two-term City Council member from the 2nd District who is well qualified to perform the independent oversight role which the job demands. We do not hesitate to endorse her over her Republican opponent, Marshall W. Jones Jr., a local funeral director.
July 29, 1995
It's been a long time since someone who deserved the confidence of the people was elected city comptroller. Hyman Pressman was popular. But before the self-proclaimed "watchdog" ended his 28 years in that post, he was sick and not even going through the motions of fulfilling his responsibilities. Even before Mr. Pressman's health failed, serious questions were raised about his performance.During the 1987 election, challenger Thomas J.S. Waxter Jr. chided Mr. Pressman for not being vigilant enough to prevent the embezzlement of $1.1 million in city funds by John D. Callan, deputy director of the Neighborhood Progress Administration.
March 2, 1994
Rockville lawyer James B. Moorhead kicked off his campaign for Maryland comptroller yesterday with a broadside attack on Louis L. Goldstein, the nine-term incumbent he will face in the September Democratic primary.Resurrecting old news accounts of Mr. Goldstein's lucrative real estate deals, Mr. Moorhead charged that the comptroller has "used his office to enrich himself, making millions of dollars since he was elected in 1958."Mr. Moorhead, 40, a former federal prosecutor and first-time office-seeker, then called on Mr. Goldstein to place his personal financial holdings in a blind trust to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
September 6, 1991
After 28 years of electing Hyman Pressman as comptroller, Baltimore city voters now find themselves having to take a fresh look at an office many of them have taken for granted. Until age and declining health slowed him down, Pressman's antics gave the post of comptroller a colorful flavor. His retirement, however, is a good opportunity to re-examine the office and its important role in city government. And in an otherwise rather lackluster election year, the controller's race is one of the few contests that is actually generating some excitement.