Former Maryland lieutenant governor Samuel W. Bogley III, whose antiabortion stance was one of the reasons Gov. Harry Hughes dropped him from his administration in 1982, is raising money for a man charged in connection with a series of antiabortion bombings.
It was Bogley's position and the involvement of his outspoken wife, Rita, in the cause that led to the parting of Hughes and Bogley. While Hughes staunchly supported abortion rights, the Bogleys made no secret of their feelings and their distance from the governor.
Bogley, 43, who has been heavily involved in antiabortion activities since he left office, said he is raising defense funds for Michael Donald Bray, 32, of Bowie, who was arrested last month and is awaiting trial.
"We are basically defending a young man who has proclaimed his innocence and has not really been shown to be involved directly in the perpetration of these bombings," Bogley said.
Bogley said he believes the bombings of abortion clinics and related facilities have not helped the antiabortion movement, but he does not condemn those who planted the bombs.
"I can empathize with them to a degree, to at least have some compassion for their struggle to do something to stop the taking of innocent life," he said.
Hughes chose J. Joseph Curran Jr. to replace Bogley as his running mate after four years of a less-than-happy political marriage. Bogley then joined forces with state Sen. Harry J. (Soft Shoes) McGuirk of Baltimore and ran unsuccessfully against Hughes in 1982.
Following that election, Bogley returned to his family's real estate business in Bowie, where he deals primarily with commercial and industrial property and practices some law in connection with the business.
He said he does not rule out another run for state office and admits his nostalgia for some aspects of the political scene.
"When the bell rings for the first day of the General Assembly session, I start to salivate like Pavlov's dog. I miss the session; there was always a spirit of excitement during those 90 days.