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Governor

Douglas M. Duncan's cardboard cut-out campaign continues on TV.

The Democratic gubernatorial hopeful says he will debut two more ads tomorrow that take aim at his two opponents, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). Both O'Malley and Ehrlich are featured in the 15-second spots as nearly lifesize cutouts, as they have been in three previous Duncan ads.

In one of the new spots, Duncan claims O'Malley "is spending more money on a hotel than on schools." The claim is based on a comparison between one-time money the city is borrowing to finance a downtown hotel and the city's annual spending on school operations. The same ad is also critical of cuts Ehrlich made to higher education in the first part of his term as governor.

The other new spot takes O'Malley to task for not delivering on a pledge to cut his city's murder count to 175 a year. Ehrlich is criticized on assault weapons, with Duncan saying "this guy would allow more assault weapons on the street." That is slightly different language than a previous ad in which Duncan claimed Ehrlich favors putting more assault weapons on the street. Ehrlich aides asked stations to stop airing that ad.

Both new spots are only running in the Baltimore media market, as have previous Duncan ads. The campaign would not disclose how much they are spending on the spots.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 19, 2006; 10:37 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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here's a few more sites to look at:
www.auditbdp.com
www.sunlines.com
www.mdpoliticsnow.com

get an objective look at what's going on in politics. don't rely on these folks. think for yourselves.

Posted by: Miguel, Baltimore | May 20, 2006 12:33 AM | Report abuse

I'd recommen the Baltimore edition of the Examiner as well and the Gazette.

Posted by: Bryan | May 21, 2006 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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