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  •   Running for Governor Against Long Odds

    Terry McGuire
    Terry A. McGuire
    By Charles Babington
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, May 3, 1998; Page B05

    Of the long-shot candidates hoping to deny Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening the Democratic nomination for reelection in September, Terry A. McGuire is probably the longest shot of all.

    The 55-year-old physician from southern Anne Arundel County has never run for office before and lacks the personal wealth or high-profile background that sometimes can jump-start a statewide campaign. But his dogged shoe-leather stumping and antiabortion message have won him some followers who adorn their yards and car bumpers with his bright yellow campaign stickers.

    "I'm a different kind of Democratic candidate for governor," said McGuire, whose slogan is "A voice for the voiceless."

    McGuire's most consistent message is a call for tighter abortion restrictions. "There's a pro-life, Catholic constituency" for his platform, he said.

    Generally an opponent of casino gambling, McGuire said he would support a statewide referendum on whether to permit state-owned slot machines at locations other than hotels, horse racing tracks and off-track betting parlors.

    McGuire is conservative on most issues. He wants to deny parole to felons convicted of violent crimes, including aggravated assault. He also criticizes the Glendening administration for providing financing to help build pro football stadiums in Baltimore and Prince George's County. But he veers left on the issue of labor unions.

    "I am strongly pro-labor," he said. He supports Maryland laws that allow job sites to be fully unionized, and he backs the "prevailing wage" law that sets union wage levels for many state projects. "That's why it's hard to define me," McGuire said.

    "The Democratic Party in Maryland has been taken over by a small cadre of radical liberals," he said.

    As evidence, he cited the refusal of Glendening and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to outlaw so-called partial-birth abortions.

    McGuire also attacks Glendening's much-touted program to require mandatory controls on farm runoff to combat the fish-killing microbe Pfiesteria piscicida. His press releases allude to "the Hyped Pfiesteria problem," and they accuse the Glendening administration of "environmental McCarthyism."

    Two other Democratic challengers of Glendening's renomination bid have key advantages that McGuire lacks. Eileen M. Rehrmann has deep political experience, having spent eight years as Harford county executive and eight in the House of Delegates. Ray Schoenke has a relatively flashy background as a former Washington Redskins football player who made a small fortune in the insurance business.

    McGuire is relying largely on the friends he has developed during his two decades as a general practitioner in Seat Pleasant, in his native Prince George's County. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School and Georgetown University, and received his medical degree in 1968 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    After a year as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, McGuire started his practice in Seat Pleasant, where he still sees patients between campaign events.

    McGuire and his wife, Magdalena, have three children.

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