Candidate gives more money to his campaign CAMPAIGN 1998

August 10, 1998|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF

Democrat Terry McGuire has put $500,000 of his own money into his long-shot campaign for governor in an attempt to better get his message out.

McGuire, 55, a physician from Davidsonville, said last week he lent his campaign another $395,000, bringing the total he has put into the effort to half a million dollars.

The "pro-life, pro-labor" candidate said lending that much to the campaign was always his intention.

"All along we have run a strategic campaign, directed at people who will vote for us," McGuire said. "Some out there have written us off, but we've been steadily plotting what we're doing.

"I don't think I am out of this race, contrary to what they say," he said. "We never do what they think we're going to do."

McGuire has barely registered in election polls. In a survey conducted for The Sun last month, about 1 percent of likely Democratic voters said they planned to vote for him in the Sept. 15 primary.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and Lawrence K. Freeman, an associate of political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., are the other Democratic candidates.

This campaign season, another Democrat, Montgomery County businessman Raymond F. Schoenke Jr., put more than $2 million into his bid for governor, only to drop out of the race.

McGuire declined to say how he planned to spend his money, but said he had not ruled out advertising on television, particularly cable stations, on radio or in newspapers to get his name before voters.

McGuire briefly considered taking advantage of Maryland's public financing program, which offers up to $750,000 in matching funds to candidates for governor who agree to limit their spending in the primary to about $1.5 million. But to qualify for the program this year, candidates needed to raise about $150,000 from private citizens in contributions of $250 or less.

"That's very difficult for someone like me to do," McGuire said.

Pub Date: 8/10/98

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