Governor calls timeout on politics for Sept. 11

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Gov. Parris N. Glendening called on the leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties yesterday to refrain from political activity Wednesday -- the day after Maryland's primary election, and anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks -- and officials with both parties said they would comply.

"While our electoral traditions include a day of frenzied activity after a primary, this is a date that should remain uncluttered by politically charged rhetoric," Glendening said in a letter to Democratic Party Chairman Wayne L. Rogers and acting Republican Party Chairman Louis Pope. "This is a day for solemn reflection and remembrance."

David Paulson, a Democratic Party spokesman, said candidates would be encouraged to stop campaigning Wednesday.

Pope said: "I don't agree with Parris Glendening very often, but I have to agree with him in this case."

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