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Mikulski foe compares her to dinosaur in new ad

Ben Pershing

Updated 12:26 p.m.
This year's Senate race in Maryland may not be competitive, but at least it should be colorful.

Eric Wargotz -- the Queen Anne's County Commissioner who is one of 11 Republicans angling for the right to face Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) in November -- is on the air with his first campaign ad, and it's not subtle.

"This is a political insidersaurus, Barbara Mikulski," says the ad's narrator, whose accent sounds vaguely Australian. "Inhabiting Washington for many years. Famous for spending, raising taxes, and roaming Washington with other political insidersauruses like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi."

The ad superimposes Mikulski's head and those of Reid and Pelosi on the bodies of crudely animated dinosaurs. Then comes Wargotz, a physician, in hospital scubs, to save the day. He roams the grounds of the U.S. Capitol with binoculars, looking like the host of a nature show (or Dana Milbank) as he seeks the elusive "insidersaurus."

Wargotz appears to be the favorite in the Sept. 14 primary to take on Mikulski, mainly because he is wealthy and had loaned his campaign $500,000 as of June 30. A press release from the Wargotz campaign says the new ad "will run statewide on broadcast and cable" but does not indicate the overall size of the buy.

Even in an election cycle that appears to be trending toward Republicans nationwide, there is little reason to think Mikulski is endangered. She has won reelection with ease in the past and reported having $2.9 million in her campaign account as of Aug. 25. (Mikulski also faces several opponents in the Democratic primary, but she is all-but-certain to prevail.)

Endangered or not, Mikulski is using Wargotz's ad to try to raise more money.

"I am a fighter. A reformer. And, last time I checked, those values should never go 'extinct,'" Mikulski wrote in an emailed fundraising solicitation Thursday. "Just yesterday, one of my 24 opponents released a new attack ad and website calling for my extinction and criticizing my work in the Senate. ... That's why I need your help to show my opponent that we aren't going to stand for baseless attacks; we will stand up for what is best for Maryland. I'm ready to fight, but I can't do it without you. Will you help?"

By Ben Pershing  |  September 2, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Ben Pershing  
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I'm a Democrat AND I agree. Anyone over 60 in the Senate needs to get out.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | September 2, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Milulski can and should be toast this year. Come'on Ben, you're smart. Wargotz has closed 9% points in just over a month (Rasmussen 8-20). How come the Post doesn't cover that? That is significant and can be even more as time goes on. This fellow Dr. Wargotz has a lot going for him...other than the money BUT the money is important to mount a credible campaign against the "political insidersaurus" Barbara Mikulski.

Posted by: addictedtopolitics | September 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

anarcho - she needs go because she has been on the hill for 34 years NOT because she is over 60 years-old. How can she remain in touch with common people when she has been there so long?

Posted by: arnieschwartz4 | September 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Mikulski has done a lot of great things for the state of Maryland and she holds a position of great power in the senate which is based on seniority.

It would be the dumbest thing in the world for Maryland to replace her.

She continues to be a great champion in the senate for maryland and the things that are important to us.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Wargotz has a big, big mountain to climb, because Mikulski is one liberal Democrat who has always done well in the conservative parts of the state--western Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Some years back, I asked an Eastern Shore politician (a former member of the Salisbury City Council) why Mikulski did so well east of the Bay. He laughed and said, "That's easy. They like her down here because the doesn't take any *&%# off anyone." Believe me, that and bringing home the federal dollars should get her reelected. (Although I am the same guy who thought Lisa Murkowski would win easily in Alaska!)

Posted by: jhpurdy | September 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ummmm, MM, you must be referring to someone else? She hasn't really helped us at all in 34 years on the Hill. More regulations, more tax, a lousy health care reform law, and so much more.

Posted by: addictedtopolitics | September 2, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Did he think this way about Strom Thurman? Ted Stevens? Doubt it.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Can't speak for anything else - but having met her personally - she's the single nastiest human being on Capitol Hill. Worse than Arlen Specter even. The power has definitely gone to her head.

And when you've been there as long as she has - you're not a reformer anymore. You're part of the problem. Red, Blue - who cares. Throw ALL the incumbents out.

Posted by: mwcob | September 2, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Mikulski is one of the most popular elected officials Maryland has had. her narrowist win was 64% to 33%.

Those of you with negative opinions of her are clearly in the minority, and do not represent the average Maryland voter who knows what an asset she is.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 2, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who don't think that Mikulski has helped us haven't been paying much attention. Mikulski has helped gain massive appropriations for several major federal agencies that have offices in the MD suburbs. Mikulski has helped save thousands of jobs in MD at NASA, NIH, FDA just to name a few agencies. I'm a MD Republican and I agree with MarilynManson that it would foolish to try to replace Mikulski. If you do, you give up a major Senate leadership role, and you are opening the door for major slashes at federal agencies in MD that will result directly in job losses. We really can't afford higher unemployment in the state. If you want to cut big government so that other rich states can save appropriates to their state and MD programs and jobs get cut...go right ahead and replace our senior senator with major clout to protect our state. With our "junior" senator, Cardin, having been in office for 4 years, it will be two decades before MD will be in a position to protect itself from being savaged by more powerful Senators while they protect interests in their states. Seniority matters A LOT in Congress and in particular in the US Senate. Replacing Mikulski right now is asking for MD to be turned into suburban Appalachia.

Posted by: DadWannaBe | September 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Mikulski has grown far too comfortable in one of the cushiest Senate seats in the land. Her voting record is 100% purely partisan and the only one she's looking out for is the DNC. Not Marylanders. She has to go and hopefully the huge meteor that's due to strike in November will extinct her and her ilk.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | September 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's a clever ad. It also rings true in a year that members of both parties' establishments have tasted defeat during the renominating process.

I wouldn't necessarily consider Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat to be safe. If the national trend toward the GOP continues gaining steam, Maryland could be in play come November. Voters are in a "throw the bums out" mood this year, and longtime incumbents like Barbara Mikulski are considered among the bums.

Posted by: austinrl | September 2, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of her political affiliation and age Barbara Mikulski is a down and out Marylander who cares for all residents. Yes she favors taxing again the wealthy of this state - as they should be and yes, she implemented by vote the Health Care Bill but you don't hear those w/o health care insurance in the past complaining nor those whose insurance companies cut them off in the midst of a serious or life threatening disease. She doe bring home the federal projects - both in Military and other federal programs meaning jobs and employment for all residents across the board. So what would an outsider do if elected - go against the peoples will and do away with all of that esp the tax on the wealthy - probably would as he as you have said is a very wealthy man. Nevertheless, my vote is and has been on her. Believe me she is in touch with the needs of this state like no other politician. She is a classic!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | September 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is saying we should replace Mikulski is probably not from Maryland. She has been a champion of the Bay, waterman, and she's gotten results like additional funding to help clean up the bay and surrounding waters which is a tremendous source of tourism for Maryland.

Mikulski has done nothing, to my knowledge, to indicate she's let her position go to her head.

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | September 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I lived in Maryland all of my life and 4 years ago moved to the deep south. You have no idea what a treasure you have in Barbara Mikulski! She is a worker. The elected officials here make $174,000 a year for sayin' NO! I am going to count it up and see how much they get per word!

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | September 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'll take an Insidersaurus over an Apparentus Idiocerous anyday. This looks like my son's 5th grade Computer Graphics class project.

Posted by: ssmd11 | September 2, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Wargotz has a funny name and is wealthy. But he has not shows any ideas. Barbara Mikulski has not lost any ground against Wargotz at all. If Wargotz wins it will be only because of money and nothing else. His kid looks stupid with that hat on sideways. He won't get my vote.

Posted by: junglejamm | September 3, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Another dinosaur using taxpayer money to bribe voters in order to stay in office. It's easy to vote for everything and be a woman of the people on other people's money. She's also rated as the meanest senator in the chamber.

Posted by: Calabrese99 | September 3, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

it's a shame that in this day and age, a strong willed, tough and determined woman is seen as "mean" and "nasty".
Barbara Mikulski is a fighter and a champion for the state of Maryland.
If she was a man, these charectoristics would all be considered admirable by everyone.
It's a shame that some people still can't accept it when a woman is successful and professionally more powerful then them.

As long as Barbara Mikulski still wants to serve the citizens of Maryland, she will get my vote.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 3, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Change is needed.

Posted by: HotChocolate | September 3, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Barbara Milkulski is a national embarrassment.Why the people of Maryland keep voting for this bigoted old far-left loudmouth is beyond me.Time for fresh thinking.

Posted by: Robo14 | September 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Barbara Mikulski is a great senator. I think that this attack ad is a form of age discrimination. A few of my friends are registered Republicans and they hate this ad. One of them told me that the idea came from the old kiddie saying,"Yeah, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth." Somebody should ask him about what he thinks about his elderly relatives.

Posted by: superbenA2002 | September 6, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

comment for marilyn manson,if you think that
barbara mikulski,is doing a good job,then you must be of the same sex type as barb baby.

Posted by: odessa7777 | September 9, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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