Mikulski ad criticizes Metro
A new commercial for Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's reelection bid is harshly critical of Metro, according to a report from TBD and ABC 7.
The commercial intersperses images of Mikulski with scenes from Metro and faux news headlines. One frame shows the words "Deadliest disaster in Metro history" and "Unbelievable nightmare" imposed on a scene from the 2009 Red Line crash while Mikulski says, "Nine people killed. Seventy-six injured. This wasn't a terrorist attack. It was death by Metro, death by mismanagment."
The Democratic senator, who is running for a fifth term, defeated six opponents in the September primary and faces Queen Anne's County Commissioner Eric Wargotz (R) in the general election. According to a recent Washington Post poll, Mikulski leads Wargotz by 37 points.
In the commercial, Mikulski can be heard saying that she "insisted that Metro actually follow national safety standards for the first time."
Metro board member and D.C. council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) criticizes that statement in the TBD/ABC 7 report, saying, "there aren't any federal safety standards."
Legislation to implement federal oversight of subways nationwide has been introduced in Congress in response to concerns arising from the Red Line crash and other safety issues at Metro.
Mikulski, who has supported dedicated federal funding for Metro and has described herself as "a Metro senator," has also been outspoken in her criticism of the transit agency's problems, holding Congressional hearings and, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, initiating a federal audit of Metro.
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