Democratic gubernatorial candidate Parris N. Glendening has stepped up his attack on Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey's environmental record even as she is defending herself from his previous salvo on the abortion front.
In a commercial that began running yesterday on Washington television stations, Mr. Glendening calls Mrs. Sauerbrey "bad for the environment, bad for Maryland."
The ad notes that Mrs. Sauerbrey has voted against "every key bill to protect the Chesapeake Bay" in her 16 years in the House of Delegates.
Mrs. Sauerbrey, meanwhile, is airing an ad in Washington and Baltimore that says the Democrat is "distorting" her abortion position. Mr. Glendening, who favors abortion rights, has highlighted Mrs. Sauerbrey's longtime opposition, claiming in one press release that she "pledges to oppose a woman's right to choose no matter how strongly the people of Maryland support it."
Mrs. Sauerbrey is aiming to paint abortion as a closed matter.
"The voters of Maryland settled this issue by referendum and I've made it clear I'll uphold the law," the Sauerbrey ad says.
Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, endorsed Mr. Glendening this week in Baltimore. "In this governor's race, Ellen Sauerbrey is trying to present herself as a moderate. The voters of Maryland . . . will show on Election Day that they will not be fooled by Mrs. Sauerbrey's newfound moderate rhetoric," Ms. Michelman said.
On the environmental front, Mr. Glendening won a strong endorsement last month from the League of Conservation Voters, made up of representatives of the state's leading environmental groups. The League said Mrs. Sauerbrey had among the worst environmental records in the state legislature.
Mrs. Sauerbrey says that she has tried to balance environmental concerns with the rights of property owners and the need to foster a healthy economy.
For example, she voted for a bill in 1992 to limit the liability of companies responsible for oil spills in Chesapeake Bay. But it was feared that without the cap, some tankers would bypass the Baltimore port, making the vote an economic issue, Mrs. Sauerbrey said through a spokeswoman yesterday. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Brock pledged this week to push to have women included in all federal clinical research trials to better understand how diseases and drugs affect them.
Mr. Brock was joined by Dr. Bernadine Healy, a former director of the National Institutes of Health, who said failing to test women for illnesses such as heart disease had helped perpetuate the myth that they did not run a serious risk of contracting it.
Women have been not been included in many clinical trials because scientists believed they could extrapolate the results from men and feared potential side-effects for those participants who might become pregnant, Dr. Healy said.
Mr. Brock said he would also advocate earmarking funds for a study of the variations of women's diseases based on genetics, environment, demographics and ethnicity. He said the results could help concentrate prevention programs on women facing the greatest risk for certain diseases.
Mr. Brock said his interest in women's health issues was spurred by family illnesses as well as visits to hospitals around the state.
Ehrlich campaign gets boost from Dole
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole yesterday joined the parade of prominent Republicans traipsing through town to bolster the campaign of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the Timonium delegate running for Congress in the 2nd District.
Mr. Dole said he offered to help Mr. Ehrlich because the 2nd District seat, which Republican Helen Delich Bentley is vacating after 10 years in office, is important in the Republicans' quest to ,, wrest control of Congress from Democrats.
Republicans need to pick up 40 seats in the House of Representatives and seven seats in the Senate to gain control of Congress for the first time in more than 40 years. "If we're going to pick up a net of 40, we have to hold onto the ones we have," Dole said.
The Kansas Republican said Mr. Ehrlich has the ability to be a good congressman.
"He's right on the issues," Mr. Dole said.
Mr. Ehrlich, who is running against Democratic Del. Gerry L. Brewster of Towson, said the $45,000 Mr. Dole helped him raise yesterday will be important in getting his message out to voters.