Candidate Hopes Shirts Spell Victory

Rosemary Glynn, a Democrat running for the House of Delegates in Montgomery County, has brought a new entrepreneurial twist to campaign fund-raising.

In addition to the traditional coffees and fund-raising pleas, Glynn has hit the hustings with T-shirts.

Some are adorned with the Maryland state flag, others have ducks and geese evocative of the Chesapeake Bay, and there is one with a Baltimore Orioles theme.

Glynn said she sells the shirts for about $15 at events such as county fairs. The shirts make no mention at all of her candidacy, but the proceeds are decidedly political, fueling her campaign.

She estimates that half of the $25,000 or so she has raised comes from the shirts. Glynn said that people know what their money is going for because she has to get the name and address of all buyers for campaign expense reports.

"I've sold them to my opponents, to people who are anti-choice and know I am pro-choice," said Glynn, running in the 15th District.

Glynn, who said she has generated about $1,000 in sales tax for the State of Maryland, said she is not worried about other candidates adopting her campaign technique.

"It's a lot of work schlepping T-shirts around," she said. Jo-Ann Armao Frowns for Smile Buttons

Some state employees are grumbling about being required to wear lapel buttons that feature smiley faces over the governor's name.

The buttons are part of the state's new "Yes We Can" campaign to make Maryland's 70,000 state employees more responsive to the public.

But some employees are complaining that the buttons are nothing more than a little free campaign help for Gov. William Donald Schaefer (D).

State officials said recently that no one is being forced to wear the buttons and that they resent the suggestion that the buttons are a political gimmick. -- United Press International