Think running mates in this governor's race


The position of Anne Scarlett Perkins with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education was incorrectly reported yesterday. Ms. Perkins is a consultant to the group.

+ The Sun regrets the error.

Much of the talk on the street these days is about running mates for the Democratic candidates for governor.

While no one is talking about the actual role of the lieutenant governor -- the Maryland Constitution is about as vague as you can get -- there's a lot of discussion of personalities, demographics and geographics. What the second name brings to the ticket.

The question certainly must be on the mind of Prince George's County Executive Parris N. Glendening, who introduced the idea while chatting outside Monday night's fund-raiser in Baltimore for Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

"Want to know about lieutenant governor?" Mr. Glendening asked, unsolicited.


"Well I can't tell you," he said.

He's still in the whittling-down process, weighing the plusses and minuses of a variety of possibilities, Mr. Glendening explained. But it won't be long, he said, offering one hint as to whom is on the list.

"Three of them were in there tonight," he said, laughing.

Yeah, those three and about 800 others, including most of the state's Democratic hierarchy.

But among the attendees were at least four officials who have been mentioned as possibilities.

They were state Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman of Baltimore, Baltimore Councilwoman Vera P. Hall, Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr. of Baltimore and state Sen. Paula C. Hollinger of Baltimore County.

Three others whose names have been circulating among speculators are Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, state Del. Nancy K. Kopp of Montgomery County and former state Del. Anne S. Perkins of Baltimore, who is now heading the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education after a year's sabbatical in China teaching English.

6* Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets.

Kemp comes to town

Jack F. Kemp, the former New ork congressman and housing secretary for President Bush who is being touted as presidential material in 1996, was the keynote speaker at a statewide fund-raiser last night for Maryland House Minority Leader Ellen R. Sauerbrey, one of three GOP candidates for governor.

Mr. Kemp, who is an old friend of Mrs. Sauerbrey, agreed to speak at the $100-a-head reception and dinner attended by about 700 people at the Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City -- but stopped just short of endorsing her.

It was an issue the campaign and Mr. Kemp carefully danced around -- probably because the Republicans have a contested gubernatorial primary that pits Mrs. Sauerbrey against Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley and William S. Shepard, a retired foreign service officer who led the GOP ticket in 1990.

Mrs. Sauerbrey worked with Mr. Kemp when she chaired the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative, bipartisan group of state legislators. She also chaired his unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.

The Harriet's List ticket

Harriet's List, the political action committee set up last year to help female Maryland Democrats who favor abortion rights, is about to announce whom it will support in this fall's elections.

After months-long debate among board members over whether to focus strictly on legislative races or to include statewide candidates, the group voted last month to go for both.

The organization, modeled on the national EMILY's List, is scheduled to unveil a list of 10 candidates it's backing at a reception June 16 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

In the meantime, members of the PAC are not talking about their picks.

The group has about 560 members, all of whom contribute at least $100 to the PAC and agree to support two of the 10 recommended candidates with donations of $100 each.

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