- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2002

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Supporters of Maryland state Sen. Christopher Van Hollen say his opponent in the 8th Congressional District Democratic primary, Delegate Mark Shriver, is trying to take credit for Mr. Van Hollen's work on legislation in the General Assembly.
A recent bill promoting water conservation listed Mr. Shriver as a lead sponsor, but the legislation's original sponsor in the Senate was Mr. Van Hollen, a lawmaker who has been a leader in Annapolis on environmental issues.
Mr. Van Hollen's supporters say Mr. Shriver is trying to shadow the record of his rival in a bid to beef up his thin legislative record. In recent days, some of Mr. Van Hollen's Senate colleagues have jokingly called Mr. Shriver "Delegate Echo."
Mr. Shriver's backers say he doesn't need to match steps with Mr. Van Hollen, and point to the $1.4 million he's raised as of January.
"They won't call him Delegate Echo too long," said House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., Allegany Democrat. "They'll have to start calling him Congressman."
Mr. Shriver's camp says he has done plenty during his eight years in Annapolis. He blames the "Delegate Echo" charge on coincidence and misunderstanding.
"I'm flattered that any member of the state Senate is looking closely at my bills," he said.
Mr. Van Hollen is widely recognized as one of the most effective lawmakers in the General Assembly and has been the point man on major pieces of legislation on topics including gun control and health care.
"I have been working hard on all these issues for may years, and I'm pleased that Delegate Shriver is interested in helping out with these issues this year," he said. "But I'm asking voters to look at what the candidates have actually accomplished during their time in Annapolis."
Mr. Shriver and Mr. Van Hollen are fighting for the chance to take on Rep. Constance A. Morella, a Republican who has held the seat in largely Democratic Montgomery County for the past 17 years.

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