Prince George's Co. physician to take on governor in primary McGuire differs with Glendening on abortion

September 10, 1997|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has another challenger in the Democratic gubernatorial primary next September -- Dr. Terry A. McGuire, a Prince George's County physician and self-described "pro-labor" conservative.

McGuire, 55, a Davidsonville resident who has practiced medicine in Seat Pleasant for 28 years, set up a campaign committee with the state election board yesterday and announced he is running for governor.

Billing himself as "A Voice for the Voiceless," McGuire said he is running to represent a frustrated electorate "that is very angry at what is going on right now" with government and the Democratic Party.

"I've talked to the average citizen who feels left out and wants a voice," said McGuire, a virtual unknown in state political circles.

McGuire echoed the concerns of other Democrats about Glendening's chances next year against the likely Republican nominee, Ellen R. Sauerbrey, who narrowly lost to the governor in 1994.

"I think right now that if anyone took a look at the polls, [Sauerbrey] would be out front. That's what I'm sensing -- a tremendous frustration with the governor," McGuire said.

He said he believes he would offer more of a challenge than Glendening to the conservative Sauerbrey because he is a traditional Democrat -- one who favors the agenda of organized labor, for instance -- but only to a point.

McGuire is also against such traditional Democratic planks as abortion rights. As governor, he said he would work for a ban on so-called "partial-birth abortions" and for strengthening the state's law requiring parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

Despite little name recognition and no political base, McGuire said he believes he can mount a "credible campaign" and beat Glendening in the primary.

Democrats said privately, however, that they do not consider McGuire a serious contender.

McGuire said his decision to run was made independent of recent decisions by Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin not to challenge Glendening in next year's primary.

He declined to comment about Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, another Democrat running in the primary.

George F. Harrison, a Rehrmann campaign spokesman said: "We intend to do everything we can to win this primary -- no matter who is in it."

A spokeswoman for Glendening's campaign declined to comment specifically on McGuire.

"We take all the candidates running for governor seriously, but I believe the governor's record will speak for itself," said Robin O. Oegerle, Glendening's treasurer.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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