Bowles nabs star power

May 1, 2002 

Running against North Carolina's secretary of state, Democratic Senate candidate Erskine Bowles will bring in a former U.S. secretary of state to campaign at his side.

Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. secretary of state, will make a campaign appearance with Bowles on May 16 in Greensboro.

The Albright appearance is part of a concerted effort by Bowles to court female voters. Bowles faces two female opponents in the Democratic primary: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former Durham City Council member Cynthia Brown.

If Bowles should win his party's nomination, he could face Republican Elizabeth Dole in the general election in the fall.

Last week, Bowles raised $160,000 at a fund-raiser, sponsored by women, that was held at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, according to the Bowles campaign. On Monday night, Bowles raised $40,000 at a women's fund-raiser at the North Raleigh home of Dean and Wendy Painter, the campaign said.

The Painters held a fund-raiser in 2000 for Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard Vinroot that was attended by U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona

Albright is the first big-name politician Bowles has brought in for his Senate campaign. President Bush has appeared for Dole.

Bowles and Albright worked together in the Clinton administration, where Bowles was White House chief of staff. Albright gained some attention in North Carolina because of her odd-couple friendship with Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, then the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Judge's baby

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin and his wife Kym had a baby girl over the weekend.

Susanna Chandler Martin was born early Saturday morning and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Susanna was the fourth child for the Martins.

Japan salutes

Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt will be honored by the government of Japan for his efforts to promote friendly relations between the two countries.

Hunt will receive the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star for helping create the Japan Center at N.C. State University, for creating a state office in Japan and for being active in the Twenty First Century, a privately funded nonpartisan group interested in U.S.-Japan relations.

Staff writer Rob Christensen can be reached at 829-4532 or at robc@newsobserver.com.

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