Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., who once openly flirted with the notion of running against Gov. Parris N. Glendening, endorsed him yesterday, pointing to a "record of meaningful accomplishment" in partnership with each other.
The Cumberland Democrat issued a statement that acknowledged the two men's differences but praised their "shared leadership." He noted tax cuts, health insurance for low-income children and control of sprawling development as examples of "a centrist progressive government that deserves to be re-elected."
Taylor's endorsement follows nearly four years of often prickly dealings with Glendening. Their relations hit a low point in 1996 and early 1997, when Taylor was considering challenging the governor in the Democratic primary.
Taylor decided last year to forgo such a race. Glendening is being challenged in the primary by Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and Montgomery County businessman Raymond F. Schoenke Jr., among others.
The speaker's endorsement, which had been expected for weeks, did not come off smoothly. It was distributed to State House reporters in the form of a press release on a General Assembly letterhead, a possible violation of General Assembly ethics rules.
"Members of the General Assembly are specifically prohibited from using official General Assembly stationery for campaign or fund-raising purposes," the legislature's Ethics Guide says.
Taylor said he did not intend for the announcement to be distributed on letterhead. "If I violated some kind of ethics guideline, I honestly violated it unintentionally," he said.
Pub Date: 6/16/98