Larry Hogan became the first Republican candidate for governor to run ads on television Thursday as his campaign released a 30-second spot that is running on cable channels in the Baltimore market.
The Hogan ad, which comes 2 1/2 months before the June 24 primary, continues Hogan's theme of his determination to "Change Maryland" -- the name of the conservative advocacy group he founded three years ago. Hogan, a former Ehrlich administration official, makes the case that he can do that because he is not a career politician. He also attacks the record of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.
"The largest . grassroots organization dedicated to changing Maryland wasn't started by a politician, but a businessman, a community leader, a father. Larry Hogan," the ad's voiceover says. "Like you, Hogan was fed up with 40 tax increases in a row, even taxing the rain. Too many lost jobs. And a failed health care exchange. Today, Larry Hogan is running for governor. To turn this state around, with fresh ideas that benefit everyone."
One of Hogan's rivals for the GOP nomination, Harford County Executive David R. Craig, has run ads on radio but not on TV. Neither Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County nor Charles County business executive Charles Lollar, has launched a broadcast media campaign. On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler have begun running ads on broadcast and cable TV. Del. Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County has not.