Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Mikulski's first ad focuses on 'new economy jobs'

Ben Pershing

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) is on the air with the first television ad of her reelection campaign, projecting a positive message focused on creating "new economy jobs" for Maryland.

Mikulski is heavily favored to win a fifth term against Queen Anne's County Commissioner Eric Wargotz, a physician who beat 10 opponents to secure the Republican nomination in last week's primary. Wargotz has already been on the air attacking Mikulski, but the incumbent's first ad focuses on her own record, not her opponent:

"One of my first jobs was at the old Gibbs Canning Company," Mikulski says, standing in front of its former facility in Baltimore. "Today these factories are full of dot com businesses, and now my job is helping Maryland create the new economy jobs."

The ad then runs through a handful of steps Mikulski has taken to secure training for math and science teachers and encourage companies to hire local workers, and closes with Mikulski telling viewers she is "fighting for you."

Mikulski's campaign emailed a copy of the ad to supporters Monday, along with a plea for cash. "We need to raise $30,000 before September 30, in order to keep this ad up on television and spread our message to voters," the email says, though Mikulski had nearly $3 million in the bank as of Aug. 25 and can probably afford to air the ad regardless.

Wargotz, meanwhile, had $544,000 on hand as of the same date but has shown a willingness to open his own wallet -- he has loaned his campaign $575,000 so far this cycle.

By Ben Pershing  | September 20, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Ben Pershing  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: First Click, Maryland
O'Malley on D.C. TV and other coming attractions

Next: First Click, Maryland:
With RGA money, is Md. gov's race going national?

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company