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Rosalind Helderman

Prince George's Attorney Donna F. Edwards is the first on TV in the tough race for Maryland's 4th Congressional District seat.

Her ad, which began running last Wednesday, targets incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) for taking money from corporate political action committees, including nuclear power companies.

It features grainy video of Wynn going into a fundraiser at the Capitol Hill offices of Entergy, the nation's second largest producer of nuclear energy, earlier this month, and notes she's been endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. (See the ad here.)

"When I'm in Congress, you won't have to stake me out a lobbyist headquarters to find me," Edwards says in the ad.

According to a media strategist for Edwards, who is running a tough and well-funded challenge to the eight-term congressman, the ad buy is a "modest and targeted" effort to reach likely voters and women. He said it is running several times a day on cable stations like Lifetime, Bravo and CNN, as well as during some local programming of broadcast networks.

The relatively early buy--the election is still more than two weeks away--suggests prospective voters may be seeing a lot of Edwards during their favorite programming between now and Feb. 12.

For his part, in an interview shortly after the fundraiser Wynn said he saw nothing wrong with the Entergy event, which he noted was within all guidelines for congressional fundraiser.

He said he favored expanded nuclear power generation as part of overall package to reduce greenhouse gases, including increased use of solar and wind energy and mandatory caps on emissions.

"If we're serious about dealing with climate change and energy independence, we have to consider nuclear as part of the portfolio," he said. "It has zero admissions. It has a perfectly good safety record."

Meanwhile, a Wynn aide said voters should expect to see the congressman follow Edwards to the airwaves shortly.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 28, 2008; 1:35 PM ET
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