George Haley, a lawyer from Montgomery County who officially began his campaign for the U.S. Senate Monday, is shown in the above photograph. A photograph that in some editions yesterday accompanied an article about his campaign was incorrectly identified as Haley.
George Haley, a lawyer from Montgomery County and the brother of author Alex Haley, officially began his campaign for the U.S. Senate yesterday in Annapolis, not far from the site where his ancestor Kunte Kinte arrived in America two centuries ago.
Haley, 60, a resident of Silver Spring who is seeking the Republican nomination in the September primary, said his candidacy "will bring voters and credit to the Maryland Republican Party." He said his campaign will advocate strong families, safer neighborhoods, job security and greater world freedom.
Haley, who repeated his message in Baltimore and will travel to Salisbury and Hagerstown today, joins two other Republican Senate candidates. They are former White House aide Linda Chavez and former businessman Richard Sullivan. Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination. They are Gov. Harry Hughes, Rep. Barbara Mikulski of Baltimore, Rep. Michael D. Barnes of Montgomery County and Baltimore County Executive Donald Hutchinson.
Republicans, who were fretting several months ago because they could not find a candidate, now worry that the race is getting crowded. Some officials worry that stiff competition between several candidates could cause a bitter primary.
Noting that both Chavez and Sullivan are former Democrats, Haley said he believes he will have an advantage as "the only lifelong Republican in the race."
GOP officials have said that a black candidate would have difficulty raising money in Maryland. Haley said he was confident that he could raise the money needed, but declined to say how much he thinks that is.
Haley's brother wrote "Roots," a famous book tracing the family's ancestry back to Africa. Kunta Kinte was an African tribesman who was captured and brought to North America in 1767 to be sold as a slave. A plaque commemorating him is on the city dock in Annapolis.
George Haley served in the Kansas Senate from 1964 to 1968, when he moved to Silver Spring to serve as chief counsel of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. He later served as general counsel and congressional liaison for the United States Information Agency.