Gov. Parris N. Glendening has taken up the cause of Connie Galiazzo DeJuliis in the 2nd District's Democratic congressional primary by asking a few dozen friends to buy tickets for her $1,000-a-person campaign fund-raiser.
In a Feb. 9 letter, Mr. Glendening invited "40 or 50" of his supporters to the private affair Thursday night in Baltimore's Little Italy, said DeJuliis campaign spokeswoman Mona Miller.
Ray Feldmann, a spokesman for the governor, said the DeJuliis campaign asked for his help and provided the letter, which also contains an apparent attack on incumbent Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
"Connie's opponent has demonstrated lock-step support for the policies of Newt Gingrich," the letter said, without naming Mr. Ehrlich, and says Medicare, the environment and educational systems are in danger of destruction from Republican policies.
Mr. Feldmann said the governor believes Mr. Ehrlich's voting record "has hurt Maryland," while Mrs. DeJuliis' "philosophies are consistent with his."
The letter contained "the type of demagoguery and scare tactics that we've seen across the country," Mr. Ehrlich responded. "It's Bill Clinton and Parris Glendening with their usual spin, and I don't think many voters in Maryland are buying that spin these days."
He charged that the governor is running the campaign by remote control and noted the letter was overlooking Mrs. DeJuliis' chief opponent, conservative Democrat Joseph J. Bish Jr.
Mr. Ehrlich also faces opposition in the primary, but he and Mrs. DeJuliis seem to be holding off on spending in anticipation of victory and a long general election campaign.
Mrs. DeJuliis said the governor's statements were fair criticisms of Republican policy and that she is running her own campaign -- though Mr. Glendening encouraged her to run and is helping raise money. "He offered to help," she said.
"I'm honored to have the support of the governor," Mrs. DeJuliis said, adding that she is equally honored by the support of various Democratic clubs that have endorsed her candidacy.
Mr. Ehrlich raised more than $250,000 last year, she noted, and she also needs money -- whether it is in $5 or $1,000 contributions. "If Mr. Ehrlich wants to bash, bash ahead," she said, adding she plans to run a positive campaign.
Mrs. DeJuliis, a former Dundalk delegate, was runner-up to Gerry Brewster in the 1994 Democratic congressional primary.
Mr. Bish, a 38-year-old Westinghouse computer analyst who finished third behind Mrs. DeJuliis in 1994, said yesterday he has $2,245 in campaign funds out of $15,000 he has raised. "The people I'm running for don't have $1,000," he said.
In campaign finance reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission, Mr. Ehrlich and Ms. DeJuliis show heavy donations from large contributors and political action committees.
Mrs. DeJuliis' report shows that $51,250 of the $86,425 she raised between Jan. 1 and mid-February came from PACs, and all but one of those contributions were from labor union PACs. Her husband, James R. "Ron" DeJuliis, is business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37.
Mr. Ehrlich's latest report shows $39,415 raised during the same six weeks, including $13,500 in PAC funds, and a balance on hand of $149,517.
All of his individual contributors gave at least $250, and many gave $500. His campaign chairman, Robert L. McKinney, said the congressman is hoping to attract some big-name Republicans to a fund-raiser in April or May.