ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Former Maryland Congressman Robert Bauman, defeated following a sex and drinking scandal last year, almost certainly will announce plans next week to try to regain his seat, Republican officials said Tuesday.
Bauman, an Eastern Shore conservative and Republican who first was elected in a 1973 special election and then won three more terms representing Maryland's 1st District, scheduled a news conference Nov. 23 in Easton to announce his 1982 election plans.
'At that time, I will issue a statement regarding my decision whether to seek election to the House seat I held for more than seven years. Afterwards, I will answer questions.'
Republicans who spoke with Bauman during the weekend at a GOP state convention said there is little doubt about what Bauman will say.
'He's going to announce he's going to run for Congress. He told me that,' said one Republican state legislator who asked not to be identified. 'He will say his decision is based on polls and conversations and analyses, both nationally and locally.'
'I think he's going to run,' said Maryland Republican Party Chairman Allan C. Levey. 'I think Bob Bauman is at peace with himself and he wants to be in Congress. He knows it will be difficult because now he's running against an incumbent (Democrat Roy Dyson).'
'He feels he can win, but that he can also handle anything else that comes along,' Levey added.
Dyson defeated Bauman last November after the incumbent was charged in October 1980 with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy and explained shortly before the election that he suffered from alcoholism and had homosexual tendencies, although he said he was not a homosexual.
Bauman agreed to enter a rehabilitation program in exchange for the charge being dropped.