Governor's 1st namesake is born in Western Md.; Dedication: A small complex on the campus of Garrett Community College will be the first project named in honor of Parris N. Glendening.


IT'S ONLY four small buildings that are home to, among other things, goats, rabbits and tilapia. But it's a first for Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Next week, Garrett Community College in Western Maryland will have a ceremony to dedicate the complex as the "Parris N. Glendening Advanced Technology Center for Sustainable Land Use."

The center's four buildings include two that are used for agriculture and aquaculture demonstration projects -- one for raising goats and rabbits, the other for tilapia, an African fish that has become a staple of American aquaculture.

College President Steve Herman said the college wanted to honor Glendening for providing $300,000 for the center. The money was used to purchase equipment, including a 10,000-gallon fish tank.

"The Board of Trustees believes that it would be fitting that this complex, although modest, be named for you," Herman wrote Glendening in a letter sent this summer.

Glendening is expected to attend the dedication. Aides said that to their knowledge, it is the first project to be graced with his name.

Hogan's not switching: 'It's a closed door,' he says

A couple weeks ago, Sen. Patrick J. Hogan, a Montgomery County Republican, said flatly that despite rumors to the contrary, he was not defecting to the Democratic Party.

But even as he was making that statement, Hogan was negotiating with Democratic officials about just such a switch.

In a meeting with Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and the three Democratic delegates from his north-county district, Hogan said he would consider jumping parties -- but only if the three delegates agreed not to challenge him in the 2002 Democratic primary for his Senate seat.

Two of the three agreed, but first-term Del. Paul Carlson would not. So Hogan opted to stay a Republican -- at least for now, according to people familiar with the discussion.

Eager to smooth the way for Hogan, Democratic leaders are expected to try to change Carlson's mind.

Hogan played down the matter yesterday.

"There were discussions," he said of the meeting, which was first reported in the Montgomery Gazette. "They made a pitch, I listened. But I don't think it's the right thing for me."

Hogan added: "It's a closed door. The answer is no, I'm not switching."

Top Republicans in the state were no doubt annoyed by the recent move by New Windsor Mayor Jack A. "Jay" Gullo Jr. to the Democratic Party. The loss of Hogan, though, would be a much more serious blow to Maryland's GOP. In his second term in the Senate, Hogan, 37, is considered one of the body's brighter lights.

Gubernatorial contender Ellen R. Sauerbrey considered Hogan as a running mate last year, and he has been mentioned as a candidate for governor in 2002.

Speaking of Gullo, he came in for a fair amount of abuse back home after his high-profile switch to the Democratic Party last week. Perhaps the worst was a flier attached overnight to the New Windsor town hall door. It read, "Mayor Gullo was a Republican, now a Democrat, still an [expletive deleted]."

Gay-rights fund-raiser could be chilly event

There could well be more than the normal autumn chill at the Free State Justice group's fund-raising event in Montgomery County next week.

Dedicated to securing civil rights for gays and lesbians, the group asked Glendening to be its featured guest at the party at the home of Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian political group.

That invitation, though, was extended before Glendening startled the group's leaders 10 days ago by abandoning any plan to introduce gay-rights legislation in the next General Assembly session.

The governor said such an effort would likely be futile given the conservative makeup of the Senate committee that killed his proposed legislation this year and would consider it again in 2000.

Such a bill is still expected to be introduced in the General Assembly; but without the governor's aggressive lobbying, it's unlikely to pass.

Townsend working steadily to raise campaign funds

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's run for governor continues at full tilt this week.

Tonight at 9, she gets a boatload of free publicity as a guest on "Larry King Live" on CNN.

Tomorrow night, she continues her aggressive early fund raising with a $500-a-head party at Cafe Neon in Canton. Among the hosts is Jim Herl, a real estate consultant and former member of the Prince George's County Council.

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