Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled visit to Maryland next week to hold private meetings with companies and possibly host a reception, his press office said Thursday.
Perry's radio and TV advertisements bashing Maryland's business climate and Gov. Martin O'Malley began airing here today, a nearly $500,000 media buy that serves as a prelude to Perry's visit to Maryland Sept. 18.
The Republican governor, considered a potential 2016 presidential contender, has used a similar one-two punch of media buys and personal visits in other Democratic leaning states, including New York, Connecticut and California.
In the Maryland ads, Perry criticizes the state's tax climate and O'Malley personally for fees and taxes increased under O'Malley's tenure.
"When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas," Perry says in a 60-second radio spot.
O'Malley, a term-limited Democrat considering a presidential bid, dismissed Perry's ads Wednesday, calling them a PR stunt and inviting Perry to visit Maryland to see what progress looks like.
The advertisements aimed at luring businesses to the Lone Star state, as well as Perry's travel, are paid for by TexasOne, an economic development group funded by private donations, Perry's office said.
So far, Perry scheduled private meetings with businesses. Other trips have included a reception, but Perry's Maryland itinerary is still not complete, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said.
Perry plans to tout Texas' business climate and tax rates when he arrives next week.