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O¿Malley releases four new TV ads

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign dropped four new television ads into the gubernatorial race this afternoon. Yes, that is right. Four.

These will be the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth O’Malley ads this season – compared with zero paid TV or radio ads from his likely opponent former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Questioned last week – when the ad tally was merely four to zip -- Ehrlich said he was content to use the Internet and free press to spread his message. (The Sun’s Julie Bykowicz is waiting in Crisfield to get Ehrlich’s response … he is expected there shortly.) Pressed again this afternoon about when his campaign would put up ads, Ehrlich said: "We'll do our own thing."

The new O’Malley ads are all positive and focus on jobs, featuring different sectors of the economy in which the governor says progress has been made. Ehrlich took aim at the premise, saying "Gov. O'Malley talking about small businesses is counterintuitive for most people."

One stars Port of Baltimore CEO Christopher Lee – he credits O’Malley for “expansion” at the port. The ad features the same apparent blue collar workers whose photos are displayed prominently on O’Malley’s newly designed campaign website.

In another O'Malley focuses on a new ecnomy business: Biomarker Strategies CEO Karen Olson says an O’Malley-backed tax credit helped make her company one of “the top startups” in the country.

A third spot features Arrow Bicycle Shop, a small repair shop in Hyattsville that recently opened.

And the last focuses on recent expansion at a GM plant, a point Vice President Joe Biden mentioned at an O’Malley fundraiser on Monday.

The four new ads will go up in some type of rotation starting later this week, according to O’Malley Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Abbruzzese.

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