Donne E Trotter

Glendening fumbles again in seeking aid for ally

Once again, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has found himself in a position to which he seems to be growing accustomed -- politically embarrassed, under fire and in retreat.

At issue this time was his administration's request for a $1.5 million taxpayer-funded bailout of a failing company owned by one of his longtime supporters. After Republicans attacked the proposal, Mr. Glendening's top economic development official withdrew it Thursday, all but conceding that it had been a mistake.

For the governor, it was just the latest of several political missteps during his 4 1/2 months in office. The episode has left some observers wondering why Mr. Glendening, a political science...