Voter reaction yesterday to Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer's surprise reentry into the November general election ranged from elation to anger toward a political leader who some said has sacrificed his credibility.

"People expressed their dissatisfaction with him in the primary," said lawyer Tim Danello, a registered Democrat from Potomac. "The voters already have made their choice."

But random interviews with 20 voters found some who are pleased with Kramer's decision to wage a reelection campaign against Democrat Neal Potter and Republican candidate Albert Ceccone.

"I think he should go for it," said Stephanie Hill, of Silver Spring. "A person should have the right to run if he wants." Hill, a receptionist, said she didn't vote in the September primary because she's registered as an independent.

"But I would vote for him {Kramer} in the general election," she said, while waiting for a bus at the Bethesda Metro station.

Kramer shocked voters and the county's political establishment Wednesday when he announced plans to run as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 county executive contest. Kramer was narrowly defeated by Potter, a veteran County Council member.

Some residents who voted for Kramer in the primary believe their candidate may be vindicated in a second contest. "A lot of people didn't vote in the primary because they thought Kramer was a shoo-in," said a 56-year-old Gaithersburg shopper at the Lakeforest Mall who declined to give his name.

Kramer's reemergence in the race has sparked sharp debate among Democratic loyalists. Yesterday, during a sidewalk interview in downtown Bethesda, real estate agents Florence Tiemann, of Wheaton, and Eileen Mundle, of Silver Spring, sparred about Kramer's motives and the impact of his unorthodox reelection bid.

"A write-in candidacy may split the Democratic vote," said Tiemann. "But on the other hand, as much as I like Potter, Kramer is a better administrator."

Mundle, a Potter backer, said, "I regret what he's doing. I thought he had accepted his defeat graciously."

While Mundle questioned "whose interests Kramer was representing" in his renewed candidacy, Tiemann defended the county executive. "He was so taken aback by the loss," said Tiemann. "I think he honestly feels he's the best one for the job."

Most residents said Kramer's candidacy won't change their vote. "A lot of people view what he's doing as childish," said Gaithersburg resident Charles Ennis. "I didn't support him before, and I'm not now."