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Rob Fisher goes on the air in Md. 1st district GOP primary

Ben Pershing

Looking to establish a beachhead against his better-known opponent, Rob Fisher is on the air with the first television ad of his Republican primary campaign in the 1st congressional district.

Fisher, the founder of a cybersecurity firm that does work for the federal government, is battling state Sen. Andy Harris for the GOP nomination to take on freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil (D). Harris lost to Kratovil in 2008 by fewer than 3,000 votes, and national Republicans see the seat -- which includes Maryland's Eastern Shore as well as some suburbs north and south of Baltimore -- as a prime pickup opportunity.

Fisher's ad is clearly designed to present him as an outsider in an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment year. "I'm not a career politician," Fisher says. "I'm a conservative businessman and a veteran."

The spot is running on cable stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury markets, with an initial buy of more than $70,000. Fisher's campaign says "it is the first in a series of ads that will run through the Republican primary on September 14."

Fisher has largely self-funded his campaign since entering the race earlier this year. As of March 31 he had loaned his bid $115,000. By the same date Harris had raised more than $1 million for his own operation.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2010; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Ben Pershing  
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