George W. Liebmann, a Baltimore lawyer who was an aide to Gov. Harry R. Hughes, yesterday joined the crowd of Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.
Liebmann formally launched his campaign with a call for less federal interference in the operation of public schools and an attack on the effectiveness of Mikulski, a Baltimore Democrat who has been in the Senate since 1987.
He said he is entering the race because of a "mixture of dismay at the sort of leadership we're getting in all levels these days and a belief I can help change that."
Liebmann promised to make education a centerpiece of his longshot campaign against the popular Mikulski. He said he supports giving local schools greater flexibility, merit pay for teachers and vouchers for students in the 11th and 12th grades to attend private schools. Liebmann, 58, who until about eight years ago was a registered independent voter, became the fifth Republican to file for the GOP Senate nomination.
He is perhaps best known as the author of two memos advising Hughes of problems in Maryland's savings and loans a year before their collapse.
He enjoys little more name recognition than the four other Republican hopefuls: Kenneth L. Wayman II, a Columbia computer software executive; Dr. Michael Gloth, chief of geriatrics at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital; Thomas L. Scott, a Baltimore County contractor; and Bradlyn McClanahan, an Annapolis resident who challenged then-U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen in 1988.
Pub Date: 5/28/98