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  •   Physician Seeks GOP Senate Nomination

    By Daniel LeDuc
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, March 25, 1998; Page A16

    Political newcomer Michael Gloth, a physician from Carroll County, yesterday declared he would seek the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) in a race many Republicans concede will be an uphill struggle.

    Gloth declared that Mikulski is too dependent upon big contributors and that her campaign war chest -- with more than $1.4 million -- has come with an "IOU. Contributors expect something in return," he said.

    Gloth, 41, made his announcement yesterday at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville in Baltimore County. The candidate, chief of geriatrics at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, lives in the Carroll County town of Finksburg, north of Howard County. He promised a grass-roots campaign in which he would not accept out-of-state money or contributions from corporate political action committees.

    Gloth is the first Republican to announce for the Senate this year. With little name recognition, he faces a difficult battle should he face Mikulski in November. Mikulski is seeking her third term and was reelected six years ago with 71 percent of the vote against former Reagan administration official Alan L. Keyes.

    Republican leaders have had a difficult time recruiting candidates to take her on, and privately some GOP strategists concede that Mikulski may be unbeatable this year.

    For his part, Gloth acknowledges he faces an uphill battle. But he said he is not encumbered by the concerns of professional politicians. He said career politicians don't want to challenge Mikulski because they are worried about a loss damaging their political futures.

    "I don't have to worry about that," Gloth said in an interview. "I'm not a career politician. I don't particularly care about politics. Wouldn't it be nice to have someone [run] who isn't worrying about their reelection?"

    His platform includes streamlining the federal bureaucracy, simplifying the tax code and preparing government for an aging population.

    He said he has traveled around Maryland in recent years as part of his medical practice. That experience has given him an understanding of the needs of the state as well as the beginnings of a grass-roots organization, Gloth said.

    "If you tell two people you like Mike and they tell two people and that pattern continues, after three months you've got 2 million people," he said.

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