2 Brewsters, with confusion brewing, have Pica piqued


Gerry Brewster is the Democratic candidate for delegate in Baltimore County's 9th Legislative District. James Brewster is the Republican candidate for state Senate in the neighboring 43rd District in Northeast Baltimore.

State Sen. John A. Pica Jr., the Democratic incumbent in the 43rd District, thinks that's one Brewster too many.

Gerry Brewster, son of former U.S. Sen. Daniel Brewster, is a firm believer in the right to abortion. James Brewster, no relation, is a dedicated abortion opponent.

But Mr. Pica, who survived the September primary by only 44 votes, says many people are confusing his Republican opponent with the son of the popular former senator. And he fears he may lose some votes because people don't really know who Jim Brewster is.

"I wouldn't be so concerned if Gerry wasn't a great guy and Jim wasn't such a fanatical zealot," Mr. Pica said, adding that Jim Brewster's signs don't even point out that he's a Republican.

"It's a real problem, and it truly is not fair to John Pica," Gerry Brewster said. "This is one Brewster who is strongly for John Pica."

Jim Brewster doesn't see this possible confusion as a big problem.

"I don't have to go out of my way to explain I'm not Danny Brewster's son," Jim Brewster said. "All I have to do is explain I'm not John Pica."


All summer, a pregnant Brenda Gisriel has been out campaigning in Baltimore County's 9th Legislative District in her husband Michael's bid for a second term in the House of Delegates.

On Monday, Mrs. Gisriel, 30, received word from her doctor that she might miss the finale: The baby is due on Election Day.

"In fact, she could deliver at any time, said Delegate Gisriel, a 39-year-old Democrat. "She has me on a beeper."

"The irony is, she's one of my best poll workers, and she always works at the Towson Presbyterian Church in West Towson. I just want to let people know if she's not there, she's delivered -- and I'm probably with her."


The fund-raisers in Gov. William Donald Schaefer's re-election campaign, who already have raised more than $2.3 million, are at it again. But this time, they want to give you something tangible for your money.

For a campaign contribution of $100, you can have your own autographed and numbered Schaefer campaign poster. About 100 of the limited edition of 500 posters already have been sold, according to Jim Smith, head of the Schaefer campaign.

The poster, designed by illustrator Richard Waldrep in the style of a turn-of-the-century campaign placard, features a ruddy-faced Mr. Schaefer gazing off into the future. "Nothing Beats Old Fashioned Hard Work," the poster reads.

"It looks like something that could have been done for Teddy Roosevelt," Mr. Smith said.

Of course, a hundred dollars went a lot further in Teddy's day.


Governor Schaefer ran into an old acquaintance while campaigning in Eldersburg last Friday -- Blaze Starr, the striptease dancer whose 1950s affair with Louisiana Gov. Earl Long was dramatized in the film "Blaze."

For years, Ms. Starr was the owner and main attraction at the Two O'Clock Club on the stretch of East Baltimore Street known as The Block. At the time of Ms. Starr's greatest notoriety, Mr. Schaefer was a member of the City Council serving at City Hall, just around the corner from The Block. Ms. Starr said the politician used to stop in occasionally for charity events such as those she used to put on for wounded war veterans.

Now retired from the stage and living in Carroll County, Ms. Starr operates a jewelry shop at an Eldersburg shopping mall.

Happy to see Mr. Schaefer, she remarked, "I was flattered he came to see my goods."


Democratic unity has been a rallying cry in Anne Arundel County this fall, but it appears that some Democrat candidates are more unified than others.

When he lost his bid for county executive in the September primary, Councilman Michael F. Gilligan, D-2nd, announced his support for the winner, Councilman Theodore J. Sophocleus, D-1st.

But what Mr. Gilligan does behind the closed curtain of the voting booth Tuesday may be a different story.

The Glen Burnie lawyer was one of the people randomly selected to participate in a Sun Poll last week. When asked about the county executive race, he said he preferred Robert R. Neall, the Republican candidate, and later told the interviewer he'd be willing to discuss his choice in greater detail.

When contacted at his home by a reporter, however, Mr. Gilligan apparently had second thoughts.

"No comment," was the extent of his comments.

Mr. Gilligan, incidentally, also gave the county an "A" when asked to grade the government's performance.

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