Bobby Scott, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention whose photograph appeared in Wednesday editions is from Newport News, Va., and not Maryland as a caption under his photograph stated.
Two Washington area congressmen, beaten but not bowed in their losing campaign to block President Carter's renomination, were welcomed back into the Carter fold here today by delegates willing to forgive and forget.
Northern Virginia Rep. Herb Harris stolled cheerfully around the floor of the subdued Democratic gathering at Madison Square Garden this afternoon and made light of his misadventures with the Carter administration.
"Oh, they just love me," teased Harris, who acknowledged that his support for the "open" convention proposal championed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and his suggestion that Vice President Walter Mondale would make a fine replacement for Carter drew complaints from many of his pro-Carter constituents.
For Rep. Michael D. Barnes of Maryland, the loss of the open convention fight was more than a politically embarrassing defeat. It brought an end to the instant celebrity status he enjoyed as a spokesman for the "dump Carter" forces in Congress.
Barnes walked onto the convention floor early this evening looking somewhat dazed and distracted, and stood almost unnoticed in the aisle in front of the Maryland delegation. But he was philosophical about the defeat and eager to make admends with the Carter camp.
"The letters and calls from constituents have been very supportive, and from my experience, you usually hear more from people who don't like what you're doing," Barnes said.
He said he had talked with Carter political chief Hamilton Jordan and other presidential aides, "and they don't seem hostile at all."
The political standing of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who had flirted with the open convention movement briefly, but quickly retreated in the face of White House anger, remained unclear among many District delegates today. Barry was seldom on the floor to discuss it.
Barry, considered by many to be a closet Kennedy supporter, led the cheers Monday night when the votes of the Pennsylvania delegation put Carter over the top in the rules fight. But some D.C. delegates said today that Barry's consistent refusal to vigorously campaign for Carter before the city's May 6 Democratic presidential primary and his reported support for an open convention may have done serious damage to his standing in the Carter camp.
"He [Barry] is really in the deep freeze . . . They [the White House] knew he could get good mileage out of his open convention maneuver. He did it after others had done the same thing. His announcement was building a bandwagon, and he had already waffled before," one leading Carter delegate said privately.
"It's one thing when a person tells you no," the delegate said. "It's another thing when they say yes then play games with you."
Barnes and Harris, who face tough reelection campaigns, showed little hesitancy today in their willingness to work for Carter, even though they were somewhat pessimistic about his chances for relection.
Immediately after the Democratic delegates had put an end to the open convention drive -- and Kennedy's bid for the nomination -- Barnes went back to the Carter operations trailer, accepted a kiss from Helen Strauss, the wife of president's campaign chairman Robert Strauss, and promised his full support in November.
But today, the freshman congressman from Montgomery County talked glumly about the fall election, citing a poll he said he had taken in his district that showed Carter running third behind Republican Ronald Reagan and Independent John B. Anderson.
Voters in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia have a history of ticket-splitting, so Carter's low standing in the polls would not necessarily spell disaster for other Democrats like Barnes and Harris.
Barnes said his reelection campaign has been receiving "a lot of money in the last two weeks" from constituents who supported his open convention crusade. Harris said he has numerous Kennedy supporters in his district who will appreciate the way he retreated from his February endorsement of the president.
But it was not the backing of Kennedy supporters that was at issue today.
It was whether the Carter adminsistration and Carter supporters in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County would give Harris and Barnes the support the two lawmakers had denied the president.
"I was very, very upset with Mike and I totally disagreed with what he was doing," said Louis Knecht, a Carter delegate from Montgomery County and a coordinator of the Carter primary campaign there. "But I have every intention of absolutely breaking my leg -- or whatever else needs to be done -- to help him win the election."
Fairfax County Democratic chair Dottie Schick, who had been surpised and upset when Harris began touting an open convention, was collecting campaign contributions for Harris from the Virginia delegates today.
Another Virginia delegate said Barnes would probably experience less fallout than Harris, because Harris had declared for Carter before coming out for an open convention, while the Montgomery congressman never actually endorsed the president.
This same delegate said it was "a dumb move" for the Northern Virginia lawmaker to get caught up in the open convention dispute because, "he needs the Carter support and the in-between support. He already had the Kennedy support."
Harris, sloughing off the criticism, said he didn't think his statements would affect his following one way or the other.
"Folks in my district are very used to Herb Harris speaking his mind," he said.