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Kratovil continues negative ads, calls Harris 'extreme'

Ben Pershing

Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) is sharpening his message in his tough reelection race, airing his second consecutive negative ad that purports to expose "the real Andy Harris."

Polls suggest Kratovil is running neck and neck with Harris, the Republican state senator who is squaring off against Kratovil for the second consecutive cycle. Kratovil's first two ads focused on subjects like his background as a prosecutor and his authorship of a bill requiring legislation to be posted online for 72 hours before it comes to a vote. But now Kratovil is going on the attack, airing his second negative ad in the last two weeks focused on Harris' position on taxes.

"The real Andy Harris. Buried in his Web site - a promise to replace the tax code with a 23 percent sales tax and even eliminate the mortgage interest deduction," says the narrator of the latest ad, before repeating a handful of negative quotes about the tax plan.

"That's not Harris' only bad idea," the narrator continues, citing Harris' votes in Annapolis against a cancer screening program and an expanded child tax credit. "Andy Harris," the narrator concludes, "his extreme ideas will cost us."

The new ad is notably different from the last negative spot Kratovil launched, which drew a sharp response from the Harris camp and some rebukes from media fact-checkers because it referenced Harris' support for a 23 percent sales tax without mentioning that it would replace all other taxes currently in place. The new ad points out that the sales tax would "replace the tax code."

Kratovil campaign manager Jessica Klonsky said the change in wording was "absolutely not" a response to the complaints by Harris or other critics. She said the campaign had always planned to launch a new ad this week.

"It's slightly different," Klonsky said. "We presented certain facts in the last ad, and this one presents others."

By Ben Pershing  | September 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Ben Pershing  
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Hey, Wapo, why don't you cover some real news? I saw on Channel 4 about 6 p.m. thatg Leggett is telling the Moco dept. heads to expect a 10-15 percent cut in their FY 12 budgets. So who will get fired, furloughed, what taxes will be raised? The public wants to know.

Posted by: VikingRider | September 27, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I guess we'll have to figure what Frank's misleading us on this time. Just because you have half the facts doesn't mean you're not lying.

Oh, and by the way, I think the tax code SHOULD be rewritten.

Posted by: Michael_Swartz | September 27, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

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