- The Washington Times - Monday, August 19, 2002

BALTIMORE (AP) Her name is "Gabrielle." But Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening and first lady Jennifer Crawford already have a nickname for their baby girl, born yesterday morning. They call her "Bri."
The 8-pound 15-ounce baby was the first child born to a sitting governor in Maryland since 1879, when Gov. and Mrs. John Lee Carroll announced the birth of Philip Acosta Carroll.
The healthy, 20-inch Gabrielle Mona Glendening was born at 6:29 a.m. at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where a small group of family and friends gathered yesterday morning after the birth.
"It was a long delivery, but everything is fine," Mr. Glendening said in an interview with the Associated Press. "Obviously, we are both very excited and very happy. We wanted a child, and we wanted a girl. She is just absolutely beautiful."
Mr. Glendening was about to deliver a speech to county officials in Ocean City on Saturday when his wife called his cell phone at 11 a.m. to say her water broke, said Raquel Guillory, spokeswoman for the governor.
She told him there was "no need to rush," but that if she called his cell phone again, it would be an emergency.
After delivering a somber message about the environment to county officials gathered for an annual conference, Mr. Glendening jetted home to Annapolis in a small Maryland State Police airplane, Miss Guillory said.
"He touched down at a small airport outside of Annapolis," she said. The couple drove 10 minutes from their home to the hospital, arriving at about 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Glendening, 59, and Mrs. Crawford, 35, were married Jan. 25 in a small, civil ceremony at the governor's mansion.
Mrs. Crawford, who resigned from the governor's office the day of their wedding, said she found out in January that she was pregnant. Mr. Glendening has one child, Raymond, 22, by his second marriage. This will be Mrs. Crawford's first child.
Mr. Glendening and his second wife, Frances Hughes Glendening, were divorced in November after a separation of more than a year.
When they separated, rumors circulated about a romantic relationship between Mr. Glendening and Mrs. Crawford, who was one of his deputy chiefs of staff.

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