- The Washington Times - Friday, January 25, 2002

Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry told The Washington Times yesterday he would not make any decision about a possible run for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination until after the Maryland General Assembly completes its business in April.
"I am not in a position to add anything until after the legislative session," Mr. Curry said yesterday during a meeting with editors and reporters at The Times.
Mr. Curry and several members of the National Association of Counties (NACO) met with the newspaper's editorial board to discuss homeland security from the perspective of local jurisdictions.
Mr. Curry, echoing the calls of other local leaders, said more federal resources will be needed to meet the security needs of a post-September 11 society.
Javier Gonzales, commissioner of Santa Fe County in New Mexico and the president of NACO, said the group is lobbying Congress and President Bush to distribute $3 billion budgeted for anti-terrorism efforts directly to local jurisdictions not the states.
"Our belief is that they … bypass the bureaucracy and bickering of the state legislatures" and give it straight to the localities, Mr. Gonzales said.
In another regional matter, Mr. Curry would not comment on the debate over the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The Redskins play at FedEx Field, which is located in Prince George's County.
The D.C. Council of Governments recently voted 11-2 in a nonbinding resolution that the name should be changed because it is considered offensive to American Indians.
"The Redskins organization is handling it appropriately," was all he would say.
Mr. Curry also declined to comment on rumors he may switch parties, or whether he is considering running alongside potential Republican candidate, U.S. Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the presumed Democratic front-runner for her party's gubernatorial nomination. Recent polls have indicated Mrs. Townsend might be vulnerable. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore mayor, is another potential rival to the lieutenant governor and has not shied away from questioning her abilities. He, too, has said he will wait until after the legislative session.
Mr. Curry did not openly criticize Mrs. Townsend, but instead said it is her job to tell the people of Maryland what she has been doing for the last seven-and-a-half years.
"It's the lieutenant governor's challenge and responsibility [to get the word out about her accomplishments]," he said.
Moments later, he added Mrs. Townsend has "done a good job of running [for office], but I don't know enough about her operations" to comment on her effectiveness as lieutenant governor.
He did say, however, he was not surprised with Democratic Gov. Parris N. Glendening's comments last week that the state is facing money problems.
"It's a seasonal consistency with him," Mr. Curry said.

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