Sauerbrey is assailed as 'anti-choice zealot'


October 28, 1994|By John W. Frece Brock gives campaign $500,000 more

Voters should not trust Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey to leave the abortion issue alone if she is elected governor, a group of women representing abortion rights organizations warned yesterday.

"She is a self-proclaimed crusader for the cause in which she believes in, and she is an activist, anti-choice zealot," said Karyn Strickler, former Maryland director of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL).

"She is a candidate with a 100 percent rating from the Christian Coalition . . . [but] is wearing a mask of moderation to sneak into office and then to implement her agenda," Ms. Strickler said at a news conference in Annapolis.

Although Mrs. Sauerbrey has voted consistently against abortion rights bills as a four-term delegate from Baltimore County, she has repeatedly said that as governor she would not tamper with the law guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion, which was overwhelmingly ratified by Maryland voters in 1992.

Ms. Strickler, her successors at NARAL and women representing the National Organization for Women, the Maryland State Teachers Association and the Maryland Women's Political Caucus said there are countless other ways Mrs. Sauerbrey could reduce the availability of abortions -- through legislation, regulations or budget decisions.

"Women should not place one of their most basic rights in the hands of someone who has consistently voted to strip them of that right and trust that she will not do it anymore," said Kathleen Nieberding-Ryan, legislative director NOW's Maryland chapter.

Carol L. Hirschburg, Mrs. Sauerbrey's spokeswoman, said, "Ellen Sauerbrey is woman of great integrity. . . . If she says she is going to uphold the law on the abortion issue, that is exactly what she is going to do."

Ms. Hirschburg dismissed the women as "Democratic political operatives." The abortion rights groups have endorsed Mrs. Sauerbrey's Democratic opponent, Parris N. Glendening, the Prince George's County executive.

Maryland Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, endorsed Mrs. Sauerbrey yesterday and called Mr. Glendening the "extremist" on abortion. In a prepared statement, the group said that what he really wants is "abortion on demand." Republican Bill Brock poured nearly $500,000 more of his own money into his campaign for the U.S. Senate this week, bringing his total stake in the race to almost $1.5 million -- far and away a Maryland record.

As of Sept. 30, Mr. Brock's contributions to his own campaign placed him seventh nationally among U.S. Senate candidates, according to a report released yesterday by Common Cause.

Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause, said the use of personal wealth should concern voters everywhere because it gives candidates an unfair advantage and the affluent disproportionate representation in Congress.

Mr. Brock, a multimillionaire heir to a candy fortune, says he has had to rely on his own money to keep pace with Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, the Democratic incumbent, who has drawn nearly $740,000 from political action committees.

Mr. Sarbanes, who earns $133,600 annually as a senator, has put none of his own money into the race.

Not all of Mr. Brock's money comes from his own pocket. In the first three weeks of this month, the campaign raised about $335,000, according to a campaign finance report filed yesterday for the period that ended Oct. 19.

Frank Langfitt

Sauerbrey ad aims at the pocketbook

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ellen R. Sauerbrey has begun airing the shortest, and perhaps least subtle, television ad of the campaign.

The 10-second spot shows a man's hand thumbing through money in his wallet as an announcer says, "This is your wallet."

Another hand then reaches in and takes all of the money out of the wallet.

"This is your wallet with Parris Glendening as governor," the announcer says.

End of ad.

"The ad symbolizes what Maryland taxpayers could expect with Parris Glendening as their governor," said Carol L. Hirschburg, a Sauerbrey spokeswoman. "Parris . . . would continue his big-spending, high-taxing ways."

David Seldin, spokesman for Mr. Glendening, said the spot showed "the wallets of middle-class homeowners after Ellen Sauerbrey raises their property tax."

Mr. Glendening, he said, has pledged not to raise taxes during his four-year term and has said he will consider cutting some business taxes.

Thomas W. Waldron

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