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Correction... Duncan's 'Old' Ad

It turns out the Internet ad Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's (D) campaign released yesterday isn't so new.

Yesterday, Duncan's campaign for governor sent out a new release heralding a new ad on their website. Maryland Moment published an item on the news release titled "Another Ad for Duncan" yesterday evening.

But several Maryland Moment readers thought the ad looked familiar. They were right.

When asked today, Jody Couser, a Duncan campaign spokeswoman, conceded the ad was produced last fall. "It was something we provided on a DVD to people when Doug first announced but this is the first time we put it on the Internet and out to our supporters as an ad," Couser said.

But wasn't it on the website last fall? " It was on the web before under the video section, but we didn't send it out to our supporter base nor the media prior to yesterday," Couser said.

So why call it new? "In this format of sharing it via the Internet, it's the first time we have done that," Couser replied.

By Tim Craig  |  March 28, 2006; 4:07 PM ET
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Actually, I went through my old emails (I never delete them) and the Duncan campaign actually sent out an email advertising this video on their website last fall. Not only is this an old ad, but Couser's statement that "...we didn't send it out to our supporter base nor the media prior to yesterday" is an outright lie.

Cripes, the Duncan campaign even manages to screw up a simple release of a video. Time for him to get out....

Posted by: Fred | March 28, 2006 4:33 PM | Report abuse

When people look at the facts, Doug Duncan has done more for Maryland than Marty "I'm taking my ball and going home" O'Malley could ever dream of. Look at Silver Spring, look at the schools, look at the police department. Doug has been a heck of a manager. In the same time, O'Malley has perverted the minority business concept, ignored schools, crime's up with a revolving door of commissioners, and his dad in law laughing in his face when he tries to spend taxpayer money on politically motivated environmental lawsuits (while he's being sued by the EPA). Vote Doug! He's the better MAN for the job.

Posted by: I'm For Doug | March 28, 2006 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Doug may be a better man and a better executive, but his campaign staff has to be one of the most inept group of people I have ever seen.

The only way Doug Duncan gets back into this race is if he fires Scott Arceneaux tomorrow. Arceneaux is simply in way over his head. Duncan's campaign is making Kathleen Kennedy Townsend look like a genius politician

Posted by: Fred | March 28, 2006 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I think the problem runs a lot deeper than the campaign manager. Duncan has a nasty streak a mile wide that comes out when things don't go his way. He knew Arceneaux was a protege of James Carville and that sort of campaign management is just what Duncan wanted. It's just what he did in 2002 to get his "End Gridlock" slate on the Council: attack, misrepresent and smear. He and Ehrlich are peas in a pod

Posted by: Pepe le moco | March 28, 2006 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that Arceneaux being a protege' of James Carville is the problem; the problem is really the inept management of the Duncan campaign and heads will roll soon.

But you raise a good point about Duncan's "End Gridlock" campaign.

A major part of the story (that Washington Post journalists still haven't written about and should) is that Duncan destroyed his bid for governor 4 years ago when he decided to even mount his "End Gridlock" campaign.

At that time, Duncan was a popular county executive who really had no reason to poison the well of his support in Montgomery County.

That's what "End Gridlock" did. It poisoned the well by engaging in attacks on a strong minority of voters in Montgomery County, many of which would have otherwise supported Duncan now in his race for governor.

That's why Duncan scored so poorly in the recent Mason Dixon poll -- A whopping 24% of likely Montgomery County Democratic voters are undecided on whether to support Duncan and a whopping 35% support O'Malley in the poll.

The fact that Duncan even has to compete to win his home base in Mont. Co. just shows how much he damaged his own chances with his 2002 "End Gridlock" campaign.

That's the story that isn't being told about this race by reporters -- how Duncan may have lost the 2006 governors race back in 2002.

The housecleaning that Duncan does with his campaign should also include a pink slip for the stooge who came up with the idea for the 2002 "End Gridlock" campaign in the first place -- what a stupid idea.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 29, 2006 6:32 AM | Report abuse

I think Pepe has it right. I've seen Doug's mean streak. He has a slow boiling temper and will cut your throat, politically, speaking, if you "dare" to cross him. I think the reason he is doing so poorly in Montgomery County is that too many people have been waiting and hoping for him to run "up and out" for too long. Why? One group fears him (political hacks), but pretends to be friendly, one group loathes him (established liberals), and one group uses him and feigns support (developers, bankers, builders), but really wants a Republican. Who else is there to oppose Doug? Oh, yeah. Indpendents and Republicans. Guess you'll have to run for State Senate or something, Doug!

Posted by: Mocoloco | March 30, 2006 8:52 AM | Report abuse

One of the first things Doug did when he took office was to fire a true gentleman who was terminal with cancer. Yes, Doug knew this because people pleaded his case. (I believe he headed the personnel office, but cannot recall his name. Easy enough to check.) Not only was this man's family coping with the soon passing of husband and father, but without a job, I am sure they could not get another life insurance policy or health benefits. He died soon after being terminated by Doug. Yeah, Doug is all heart.

Posted by: Verdad | March 30, 2006 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Response to Mocoloco:

Thank you for giving the readers of this blog a brilliant analysis of why Duncan is performing so poorly in his own home county for the governors' race.

The sad thing is that your expert analysis of Doug's political problems will never, I repeat, never appear in any article that The Washington Post prints about this race . . . the only time we'll see this kind of analysis in the Post will be if Duncan pulls out of the race or if he loses to O'Malley.

I think it's a real disservice to the readers of the Post to not allow the voices of dissent to be heard within the articles they publish about the race or in any of the other coverage they give to matters relating to Doug.

The slant to Doug by the Post is transparent to many of its readers in Montgomery County, but the slant is quite frankly becoming a big joke.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 30, 2006 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to O'Malley Says...

You bring up an excellent point. The Washington Post, and its many subsidiary papers (ala, the Gazette's), are always championing Doug. You'd have to be comatose not to see the bias.

The post, et al, love to make like liberals on national and international issues, but embrace conservatism when it comes to the bottom line -- and that means local politics (home building -- gotta support that Real Estate section -- ICC -- gotta help the Chamber, etc.)

In fact, I would probably go further to indict the whole endorsement process itself -- period.

Obviously, this isn't just the Washington Post here, but when newspapers endorse (as the Washington Post will endorse Doug and the Sun will endorse O'Malley), they send a clear signal not only to the voters, but to the journalists who depend on them for their livlihood.

And just who the heck do these newspapers think they are? Obviously they believe the average voter doesn't care enough to read facts in a newspaper and will follow, blindly, whatever opinion they render.

Right now, everyone is focused on Congress and lobbying reform's impact on the free lunch. But what about editorial reform? You can't tell me that when the publisher/editor endorses a candidate that the reporter doesn't get the message. "He's our boy. Easy does it."

Ever since the Washington Post first endorsed Doug Duncan, he has had more puff pieces, more ego stroking, more laudits, than any other local politician in Montgomery County.

Please, Washington Post, print the facts. Don't editorialize the news or ommit news people would want to know.

Posted by: Mocoloco | March 30, 2006 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Mocoloco, I get the feeling that the Post has set up this blog as a sort of mental asylum, or something similar to a ship galley, where we are the slaves of the Post and we are sort of keeping the Post afloat as a viable entity.

In other words, the articles are where the Post plays favorites with its chosen politicians and its chosen news sources.

But the blog is where the Post tries to keep the undesirables happy by letting them spout off about any of the issues not covered in print.

Why are we undesirable?

Because we dare to question the Post and their strong attraction to their chosen man, the man they call Doug.

Posted by: O'Malley says to Duncan: "Who's Your Daddy?" | March 30, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

You're right on target, "O'Malley says..."

In fact, lately? Though, admittedly, not always, I've been increasingly picking up the New York Times for my national / international news. I feel that strongly about how the local news is being slanted.

On this point, we may disagree, "O'Malley says..." and that is that, in my opinion, Doug Duncan is a soft-focused Republican, strutting as a Democrat.

The problem now is that, if you typically support Republicans, you naturally will look for a REAL Republican. And if you naturally support Democrats, the natural choice will be O'Malley.

My republican friends in Montgomery County won't support Doug, and my liberal democratic friends (yes, I'm not a hack, I have both -- even within my family) couldn't stomach Doug.

The mantra you're now starting to hear on the street is: "who will bring more back for Montgomery County, O'Malley, or Duncan?"

There is a subquestion: "for whom in Montgomery County?" Like Bush, and Old Time Chicago Mayor Daley, Doug rewards friends, and severely punishes enemies, and perceived enemies. People just don't forget that, Doug.

The best Doug could EVER hope for would be to sign up as O'Malley's LT. GUV. But his ego would NEVER let him do that!

Posted by: Mocoloco | March 30, 2006 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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