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Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), a candidate for governor, unveiled a new biographical ad today on his website .

The 60-second spot, titled "Bigger," recounts Duncan's childhood, his tenure as Rockville mayor and his effort as county executive to redevelop Silver Spring. The ad concludes with Duncan promising to bring more jobs and better schools to Maryland if he is elected governor.

"It's time for Maryland to think bigger," the ad concludes.

The spot, which isn't running on television, reflects a change in strategy for Duncan's campaign. His previous web ad included a harsh critique of his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Baltimore Mayor Martin J. O'Malley. The latest ad doesn't mention O'Malley.

By Tim Craig  |  March 27, 2006; 4:54 PM ET
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Churn, churn, churn . . . that's the sound of Duncan's campaign consultants as they burn through the remaining amount of cash that Duncan has in his campaign bank account, which wasn't that much to begin with . . .

Without enough money to bring this ad to TV and so far, not enough money to send out even one statewide mail piece to Democrats, the writing is on the wall.

Duncan will lose in this primary and with that, the end of Duncan's political career is not too far away.

There's a saying that I've heard: If a tree falls in the forest, but no one was there to see it, it never happened . . . that's my impression of this web ad.

Also, the Montgomery County miracle message just doesn't stack up well against O'Malley's revitalization of Baltimore and the Duncan campaign knows it, but really can't do much about it.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 27, 2006 6:58 PM | Report abuse

This ad isn't new, it's the exact same bio piece the campaign put out as part of their announcement last year. What's up with calling it new?

Posted by: Daddy two | March 27, 2006 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I will have to check into that tomorrow, Daddy Two. The campaign put out a press statement announcing the ad this afternoon. The release states "new ad" at least twice.

Posted by: Tim Craig | March 27, 2006 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Daddy two is right Tim. Maybe this add has some new shots in it but it looks just like the ad they did last year.

Posted by: Dad is right | March 28, 2006 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Craig, the great majority of press releases that are distributed by the Duncan campaign are frivolous and basically come across as fake news.

I thought the Duncan campaign was spending a lot of money on their senior staff . . . for all the money they spend, they certainly don't seem to have a clue as to how to make legitimate news or run a professional press operation.

If I were Duncan, I'd immediately do a major house cleaning of senior staff and I'd also ask them for my money back.

Then again, it's probably too late for Duncan to right this sinking ship.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 28, 2006 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"... against O'Malley's revitalization of Baltimore..."

What revitalization of Baltimore?? I know O'Malley had some small projects going on in the Inner Harbor but that hardly speaks to a "revitalization" of the whole of Baltimore!!!!

Posted by: Veronica | March 28, 2006 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Some projects? Are you kidding? Veronica, when was the last time you were in Baltimore?

The only metropolitan area in which I have seen more cranes in the air was Beijing, and they are literally taking all of the world's steel.

Please, I know there is a lot of animosity on this blog on O'Malley v. Duncan (God knows, I've contributed to it), but if you are going to make statements like that all it does is make you look foolish.

There is no question as to what is happening in Baltimore and it is well documented by a ton of independent sources. Whether you like O'Malley or not, you can't wholesale disregard the positive developments in Baltimore.

Posted by: KR | March 28, 2006 2:48 PM | Report abuse

County Executive Duncan, the Democratic Party, and the State of Maryland will be far better off if he sticks to touting his own qualifications rather than seeking to savage Mayor O'Malley. Neither man is perfect, but both are far superior to Governor Ehrlich. Prudence and honor dictate that Mr. Duncan and Mr. O'Malley should make their best cases as to why they should be the next governor, without giving material to the Rove/Ehrlich/Steele attack machine.

Posted by: David | March 28, 2006 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Yet, much of Baltimore still looks like a warzone.

Posted by: Reality | March 28, 2006 3:05 PM | Report abuse

You know what, the video I want to see on the Duncan web site is not their silly puff piece that 10 or less people will ever see . . .

I want to see the video that shows Duncan and his staff having daily temper tantrums with all the chair throwing I hear is going on at Dunan campaign headquarters . . .

That's the video I want to see.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 28, 2006 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Re: David
That you, Paulson? When are you going to done the bologna outfit again?

Posted by: Ryan O'Doherty | March 28, 2006 8:33 PM | Report abuse

if david paulson is posting on this site, he should know everyone (except maybe his wife) can't stand his antics. his a joke, no wonder the executive director is still giving quotes to the papers. paulson....he he he.

Posted by: wjz | March 28, 2006 10:22 PM | Report abuse

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