- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 19, 2002

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Charles County Sheriff Fred Davis, a Republican, says he has not endorsed Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a Democrat, in this year's race for Maryland governor and is not sure why her campaign staff claimed that he had.
"I have no idea where they got it from; it's never been discussed," said Sheriff Davis, who said he has been a Republican since he was old enough to vote.
The Washington Times was unable to reach Sheriff Davis when Townsend campaign spokeswoman Kate Philips responded to requests for a list of persons and organizations who had endorsed Mrs. Townsend.
Sheriff Davis said he had "never even been approached with a request for such an endorsement."
"It looks like Mr. Davis is correct," Miss Philips said yesterday. "He has been to a number of her political events and used pictures [taken] with her in his campaign literature. We misinterpreted his support."
Sheriff Davis said it is possible that Mrs. Townsend's staff misunderstood his appreciation for the help her Hotspots program has given his department.
But, Sheriff Davis said, "There's a big difference between a 'thank-you' and praising somebody and an endorsement."
This is the second time the Townsend campaign has claimed an endorsement that has not been made.
Her campaign also claimed that Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, a fellow Democrat, had endorsed Mrs. Townsend.
Mr. Schaefer said he is close to her and praised her but he also praised Republican Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., front-runner for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination.
Mr. Schaefer did attend Mrs. Townsend's campaign announcement in May, but the former two-term governor and mayor of Baltimore has crossed party lines and endorsed Republicans before.

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