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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  
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