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Maryland's Gov. Glendening reaches out to Clinton

By Bruce Morton/CNN

WASHINGTON (October 6) -- When President Bill Clinton came to the Pinecrest Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, September 8, Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening was nowhere in sight.

Glendening stiffed the president and cancelled a Clinton fund-raiser in Maryland, saying the president wasn't a good role model and owed the country "a sincere, major apology."

Flash forward to October 5, still in Maryland. Wasn't that Hillary Rodham Clinton next to Gov. Glendening? And he seemed to like it.

Glendening, Hillary
Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared
with Gov. Glendening at an event

Glendening praised Clinton's and the first lady's "foresight in establishing a White House millennium commission."

What a difference a month makes. Why the change? Simple, Glendening says. Clinton apologized.

"Most Americans felt the way I did and that is, that obviously something is terribly wrong here," Glendening said. "He stood up and said it was wrong, said he apologized and now is asking to move on and I think that is what we should do."

It's also true that Glendening is in a close race with Ellen Sauerbrey, a Republican who almost beat him four years ago. It's true that he has been asking other Maryland candidates for financial help. It's true that snubbing Clinton may have hurt Glendening among black voters. It's true that Prince Georges County Executive Wayne Curry and Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke haven't endorsed Glendening yet, and a phone call from the president might change that.

Will Clinton help? His spokesman says he helps all Democrats.

Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said Clinton helps them "obtain the resources they need to be competitive in elections and to work with them to try to build support. That's no different for Maryland Democrats. That's no different for Governor Glendening."

Are there any national trends here?

"This is a bit of an unusual situation," says political analyst Stuart Rothenberg. "This is a case where Democrats did not get behind the governor initially; he recognized he needs them and he hopes to do that through the president."

Vice President Al Gore will do a fund-raiser for Glendening this month. What about the president? Lockhart said firmly, maybe.


Tuesday, October 6, 1998

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