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Earnshaw ends term by getting the fax out

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Republican Daniel J. Earnshaw was carried off the state election board last week, feet first.

And, typical of the last seven months of his four-year term, Mr. Earnshaw went out complaining bitterly that November's gubernatorial election was "stolen" by Democrats supporting Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Of course, the election already has been investigated by supporters of Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey, who lost to Mr. Glendening by a mere 5,993 votes. A judge considered their allegations during a five-day hearing in January and found no evidence of fraud.

For months, the election also has been the subject of state and federal probes, both of which are winding down, officials say privately.

Yet Mr. Earnshaw is acting as if the entire matter has been ignored.

When Mr. Glendening opted Friday not to reappoint any of the five members of the election board, Mr. Earnshaw saw yet another opportunity to fire off his popgun.

With just minutes left in his term, Mr. Earnshaw began faxing out an 18-page "Report to the Citizens of Maryland," again alleging widespread wrongdoing in the election and calling for a new one.

The report, on state election board stationery, was sent to the press, legislators, the governor and Republican activists, among others.

"I faxed it to everyone I can think of," said Mr. Earnshaw, a 34-year-old lawyer from Havre de Grace who is best known for his frothing diatribe over the election. "The goal is to get it in the hands of every citizen, whether they agree or disagree, just so they know what our feelings are."

Mr. Earnshaw and co-signer Margarette E. Crowder -- a Democrat who served on the state board with Mr. Earnshaw and a part-time bookkeeper in his law office -- were hardly shy about those feelings.

In their report, which was written by Mr. Earnshaw, they begin by calling for a new gubernatorial election on Nov. 7, the date of Baltimore City's general election this year.

They then lash out at a variety of public officials, including Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., who presided over Mrs. Sauerbrey's challenge to the election.

They take on lawyers in the attorney general's office -- in particular, the "arrogant" Deputy Attorney General Ralph S. Tyler III -- for their handling of the case before Judge Thieme.

And they "condemn" the other three former members of the state board, Democrats James W. Johnson Jr. and Peggy Rae Pavlat and Republican Barbara B. Kendall, mostly for failing to agree with them to "decertify" the November election.

It goes on and on, concluding with a call for action.

"It is essential that the citizens of Maryland rise up and demand that the elected officials of the state of Maryland account for the illegalities that have occurred," the report urges.

But most of Mr. Earnshaw's allegations have been aired before, and many believe it's time for him to give up.

"He has a First Amendment right to speak, but when his allegations have been tested by proof in a courtroom, they have been found to be baseless," Mr. Tyler said. "The November 1994 gubernatorial election is over."

Louis and 'The Bomb'

In what may be the weirdest press release ever to grace the Maryland comptroller's letterhead, Louis L. Goldstein pronounced last week that "we were right to drop the bomb."

Mr. Goldstein, 82, who was elected to an unprecedented 10th term as state comptroller in November, offered the opinion on the Atomic Age in a speech Friday to the Maryland members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The group was in Ocean City for its 75th annual convention.

He was a Marine lieutenant in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was training for the invasion of Japan when President Harry S. Truman decided to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

That decision "saved thousands of American lives, possibly including my own," the press release quotes Mr. Goldstein as saying. "For those of us who experienced it first-hand, the 50th anniversary of the end of the war is our last, best chance to set the record straight."

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