State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. began running television ads Wednesday in the Republican primary race for Baltimore County executive.
The ad attacks Redmer’s opponent, state Del. Patrick L. McDonough. It calls Redmer “Republicans’ best choice.”
The spot will target likely Republican primary voters, running on cable only — mostly Fox News, Redmer campaign spokeswoman Hannah Marr said. It will air countywide through primary election day, which is June 26.
As Al Redmer Jr. approached voters at a festival in Towson, he handed each a glossy flyer that featured a familiar face. Many smiled when they saw the photo of Gov. Larry Hogan. “I think the governor’s doing a great job,” one man told Redmer.
The ad describes Redmer as “a proven businessman” and McDonough as “a career politician who doesn’t show up for the job taxpayers pay him to do.” It says McDonough pays for a Cadillac he drives out of his campaign account.
Finally, the ad notes that Redmer has the endorsement of Gov. Larry Hogan, and that McDonough was the only Republican to support overriding a Hogan veto, a school construction bill.
McDonough was elected to the House of Delegates in 1978. He served one term at that time, then returned in 2003 and has served since then. He has experience in the private sector, including many years as a radio talk show host and producer.
The delegate said he researched different options for leasing a vehicle for the campaign and the Cadillac SUV was the best deal. McDonough said it’s necessary to have a vehicle to drive to campaign events across the large county.
Ads from the Democratic candidates in the county executive race have been largely biographical, but this GOP ad jumps straight to attack mode. It seeks to present contrasting pictures of Redmer and McDonough.
The piece portrays Redmer as a responsible businessman, and someone Republicans can trust.
The ad also plays up Redmer’s support from Hogan, which has been a central theme since the beginning of his campaign.