Governor names 7 to election law review task force



Last week in this space, it was incorrectly reported that the legislature's Democratic presiding officers named six legislators to the Task Force to Review the State's Election Law.

In fact, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. each named two members to the panel. The remaining two members were appointed by the Republican leadership, Sen. John A. Cade and Del. Robert H. Kittleman.

It only took six months, but Gov. Parris N. Glendening today will announce his seven appointees to the Task Force to Review the State's Election Law -- a panel created through emergency legislation this year in the Maryland General Assembly.

Mr. Glendening first committed to such a panel in his State of the State speech in January, when he agreed to work with the legislature's presiding officers in examining problems that came to light as a result of Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey's charges of voting irregularities.

The governor will name as chairman George Beall, a Republican former U.S. attorney who was asked by Mrs. Sauerbrey last year to head a committee overseeing vote counts in the wake of her loss to Mr. Glendening by just 5,993 votes.

Mr. Beall, 57, now the managing partner of the Hogan & Hartson law firm, is probably best known for the prosecution of Spiro T. Agnew, the Republican former Baltimore County executive and Maryland governor, as well as Richard M. Nixon's vice president.

"We're putting policy before politics," said Dianna D. Rosborough, Mr. Glendening's press secretary, about the appointment of the Republican chairman. "We believe Mr. Beall's impressive credentials, as well as those of the other members speak for themselves."

Other board members are: George L. Russell, a Baltimore attorney who was city solicitor and a Circuit judge; Marie Garber, the state's former election administrator and now a consultant; Lloyd L. Simpkins, a retired Somerset County Circuit judge and former legislator who once chaired the House Judiciary Committee.

The panel also will include Dr. Nathanael Pollard Jr., president of Bowie State University; Cathy Ashley-Cotleur, an assistant professor of business administration at Frostburg State University; and Carville B. Collins, a Baltimore attorney active in the GOP.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. each named three members to the panel earlier.

The senators are Michael J. Collins, a Baltimore County Democrat; Brian E. Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County; and David R. Craig, a Republican from Harford County. House members are: Delegates John S. Arnick, the Baltimore County Democrat; John F. Wood, a Democrat from St. Mary's County; and Joseph M. Getty, a Carroll County Republican.

The task force's recommendations are due to the governor and legislature Dec. 31.

'The Dave and Jim Show'

James Brochin, the go-go Energizer Bunny of campaign managers, is back at it.

Mr. Brochin, who last year managed American Joe Miedusiewski's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, is now the co-host of a political talk show on a Prince George's County cable station with Washington media consultant David J. Heller.

He already is a contributing writer for Baltimore magazine and a "permanent guest" on WCBM-AM's Conference Call program twice a month.

The latest venture "is a political talk show that does not hold back," Mr. Brochin said. "It's like American Joe's campaign -- not rehearsed, very matter of fact and upfront."

Unrehearsed would be a good description. In its premiere last week, the guest was Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Republican gubernatorial candidate in 1994. Mr. Brochin was in the dark -- literally. With his face only half-illuminated by studio lights, he looked more like a contestant on "The Dating Game."

The program, on Bowie Community Television's public access Channel 15B, is dubiously called "The Dave and Jim Show."


Sort of "Wayne's World" gone political.

Even though the program is based "where Washington meets Baltimore, somewhere in Bowie," Mr. Brochin said there's been interest from Prince George's County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County.

Mr. Heller, 33, and Mr. Brochin, 31, first worked together on the Miedusiewski campaign.

A partner with the Democratic media consulting firm Politics Inc., Mr. Heller developed the radio campaign that lampooned Gov. Parris N. Glendening in the Democratic primary, most notably with the now-famous "Barney Fife" spot.

That ad suggested that Mr. Glendening was the goofy deputy sheriff played by pop-eyed comedian Don Knotts on the old "Andy Griffith Show" sitcom. It was based on his claims of hands-on police experience in Hyattsville.

Much like the radio campaign, the new television program is "irreverent," Mr. Heller said. "We don't take ourselves too seriously.

"We do cover issues, but we also want to be able to explore some of the lighter things," he said. "We want people to see these politicians as people and maybe see them with the curtain pulled back once in a while."

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