Alexandria Mayor James P. Moran Jr. charged in a television commercial yesterday that Rep. Stan Parris (R-Va.) would like to "put women in jail" if they get abortions, an allegation that Parris aides said distorts his views on abortion.
In one of the sharpest attacks of his campaign against Parris, Moran began running two television ads that stress his support for abortion rights and Parris's opposition to abortion. Moran aides said his campaign will spend about $100,000 to air the commercials this week, an amount that guarantees them wide viewership.
According to campaign officials, Moran and Parris have raised more money than any other pair of House contenders in the Washington area. Parris has raised about $542,000 this year and has about $319,000 in cash on hand. Moran has raised about $580,000 this year and has about $250,000 in cash on hand.
The only other local House race in which the contenders are close in fund-raising is in Virginia's 7th District, where Rep. D. French Slaughter Jr. (R) is facing David M. Smith (D). Slaughter has raised about $298,000 this year, while Smith has raised about $263,000.
In another of the Washington area's hotly contested congressional races, Rep. Roy P. Dyson (D-Md.) opened a significant fund-raising advantage over Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest in the race in Maryland's 1st District, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday. From Aug. 23 through Sept. 30, Dyson raised about $141,000, compared with $31,000 for Gilchrest.
Dyson has about $49,000 in cash on hand, compared with about $13,000 for Gilchrest.
In the race for D.C. delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) has raised more than $362,000 but has only about $7,000 on hand after surviving a tough primary. She also has more than $25,000 in debts. Harry M. Singleton (R) said late yesterday that he had not completed his campaign spending report, but would file it by last night's deadline.
In the Parris-Moran race, Moran's commercials represent a primary thrust of his campaign and echo the abortion-rights theme that most political analysts say boosted Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder during his race last year.
Parris opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and threat to the life of the woman. He has acknowledged that before this year he opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest.
One Moran TV spot includes videotape of Parris telling a Republican audience during his failed gubernatorial bid last year that "I oppose abortion . . . will abolish abortions in this commonwealth." The other shows women behind jail bars and says that "Stan Parris has said that women who choose the option of abortion should be treated as criminals and serve jail time."
The last statement is based on remarks that Parris allegedly made during a tape-recorded interview with the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot last year. Parris did not dispute the remarks at the time, but said several weeks ago that he had been misquoted.
Randy Hinaman, Parris's campaign manager, denied the alleged remarks again yesterday. "That's not Stan Parris's position, and Mr. Moran knows it's not," Hinaman said. "We think Mr. Moran is the extremist on abortion, because he supports abortion for birth control and sex selection."
In other congressional races around the region, incumbents appear to hold large financial advantages and wide leads over their challengers. These include:Virginia's Senate race, where Sen. John W. Warner (R) has raised about $851,000 this year and has about $891,000 in cash on hand. Warner, like many incumbents, also raised money for his campaign during 1989. Warner has no Democratic opponent, and independent Nancy B. Spannaus could not be reached. Maryland's 5th District, where Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D) has raised about $248,000 this year and has about $255,000 in cash on hand. Republican Lee F. Breuer said yesterday that she was unsure how much she had raised. Maryland's 8th District, where Rep. Constance A. Morella (R) has raised about $215,000 this year and has about $200,000 in cash on hand. Democrat James Walker Jr. said yesterday that he was unsure how much he had raised. Virginia's 10th District, where Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) has raised about $322,000 this year and has about $190,000 in cash on hand. Democrat N. MacKenzie Canter III has raised about $57,000, including a $15,000 loan from himself, and has about $8,000 in cash on hand.
In Maryland's 4th District, Democratic Rep. Tom McMillen and Republican Robert P. Duckworth could not be reached.