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  •   Curry Foe Is a Democrat Again

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    Randy McRae (Tom Allen - The Post)
    By Jackie Spinner
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, June 25 1998; Page A20
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    Tax lawyer Randy McRae announced yesterday that he was switching back to the Democratic Party to challenge Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry in the fall primary, declaring, "Man, it is good to be back home."

    At a news conference outside his Capitol Heights church, McRae said Republicans had not sufficiently embraced him as a candidate after he announced that he was leaving the Democratic Party to mount a GOP bid for office 64 days ago.

    McRae also said he hopes to tap union support that might have been difficult to get as a Republican.

    "I gave them an opportunity," he said of the Republicans. "They didn't want it."

    McRae is the only opponent Curry has so far. Candidates have until July 6 to file for the November elections.

    Michael Steele, chairman of the Prince George's County Republican Central Committee, said McRae was not prepared to run as a Republican and wanted more financial support than the party could give him.

    "Randy has the potential to be a very credible, good candidate, but right now, he's going to suffer from an identity crisis," Steele said.

    Steele added that he does not expect the Republicans to have a candidate to challenge Curry in the November election.

    McRae used the opportunity yesterday to endorse Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) in his bid for reelection and to take shots at Curry, whom McRae described as an "arrogant gentleman" who does not have a "Triple A" card.

    "He's not approachable, accessible or accountable," McRae said of Curry. "He must go."

    Ervin Reid, Curry's campaign coordinator, who listened from across the street, dismissed McRae as a contender.

    "We haven't thought about Randy much," Reid said. "He's got to grow some legs before we take him seriously. . . . Wayne Curry has celebrity status."

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