Virginia Gov. John N. Dalton wound up two weeks of inaugural activities yesterday with a series of events in Northern Virginia, starting with a press conference at a Metro station and including a $500-a-couple-fund-raiser aimed at erasing his campaign debt.
The grand finale came at the snowbound Kena Temple in Fairfax at a ball attended by Dalton and about 800 other persons.
Earlier, Dalton and his wife, Eddy had stopped by a reception for his new secretary of human resources, Dr. Jean Harris, and then had gone to a party for campaign workers.
He hardly had time to change clothes before going to a dinner at the Ramada Inn at Tysons Corner where he was greeted by a roomful of about 100 developers, bank presidents, lawyers and their wives, and former Reps. Joel T. Broyhill and Stan Parris.
Those at the dinner were helping to raise $25,000 toward Dalton's $200,000 campaign debt, according to lawyer John T. Hazel, who was host of the dinner.
The inaugural balls last week in Richmond, and the $35-a-ticket ball last night were expected to raise a substantial part of the Republican ticket's $400,000 debt. That fact has dismayed some Democrats who realized that if they attended those events they would be helping fill Republican coffers.
Inaugural committee cochairman Walther F. Craigie Jr., said last night that he expected to reach the fund-raising goal when all the bills were paid.
The social events were graced by most of the Republican establishment in Northern Virginia and a many current senatorial candidates and congressional hopefuls.
Former Gov. Linwood Holton, State Sen. Nathan Miller, and former state party chairman Richmond Obenshain, all candidates for the U.S. Senate, were there.
Earlier in the day, at a news conference at the Rosslyn Metro station, Dalton announced the transfer of more than $35 million in interstate highway money to the Metro subway system.
In one of his last acts before leaving office, Dalton's predecessor, Gov. Mills E. Godwin, gave assurance Jan. 13 that the state would keep its promise to release the money.
The money was to have been used to build Virginia approaches to now abandoned Three Sisters Bridge project over the Potomac River between Rosslyn and Georgetown.
In prepared remarks Dalton said "there is no question in my mind, or so far as I know in anyone else's mind, that a Metro rail system is a vital part of the solution to public transportation in and out of the nation's capital."
He also said "it is time to stop knocking heads over Metrorail and concentrate on the points where we can agree rather than on those where we may disagree.