Rehrmann to add Kramer to ticket Ex-Montgomery exec is seen broadening her base of support; CAMPAIGN 1998


Looking to geographically balance her Democratic gubernatorial ticket, candidate Eileen M. Rehrmann has picked former Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer as her running mate, sources knowledgeable about the selection said yesterday.

Rehrmann campaign officials refused to confirm or deny the selection, but sources said the two-term Harford County executive would announce her selection of Kramer Monday.

In Kramer, Rehrmann is choosing a veteran politician from the state's most populous jurisdiction, someone who may broaden her appeal in the Washington suburbs.

Kramer, 72, is also a successful businessman, who observers said would be able to raise a significant amount of money for Rehrmann.

A former state senator, Kramer served as Montgomery executive from 1986 to 1990, when he lost the Democratic primary against Neal Potter. He has been out of elective office since.

Kramer declined comment on the matter, saying his selection "may or may not happen."

"That kind of information will have to come from Eileen, obviously," Kramer said. "She's going to have to make that announcement. There may well be some information forthcoming."

Kramer has made no secret in recent weeks of his opinion of Rehrmann's main target, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, saying the governor can not be trusted.

Glendening served as Prince George's County executive during Kramer's term in adjoining Montgomery.

Kramer yesterday praised Rehrmann, whom he served with in the General Assembly. And he discounted the flood of endorsements that Glendening has been picking up in recent weeks, suggesting that many Democratic office holders feel compelled to support the incumbent after receiving generous state aid.

"I think there are a lot of people who are on a forced march on that campaign," said Kramer, a developer and small business owner.

Glendening will be running with Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who has played a prominent role in his administration on public safety issues.

Neither of the other two primary challengers -- Raymond F. Schoenke Jr., a Montgomery businessman, and Dr. Terry McGuire, a Prince George's physician, has picked a running mate.

The selection of Kramer would put to rest speculation that Schoenke -- a former Washington Redskin making his first try for elected office -- might be persuaded to run on Rehrmann's ticket. Political observers had said such a combination would unite anti-Glendening sentiment before the Democratic primary in September.

Schoenke, who is promising to spend some $2 million of his own on his race, rejected such a proposal out of hand, according to a spokesman.

Pub Date: 6/11/98

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