Brown's first issue ad focuses on domestic violence

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown launched the first issue ad in his campaign for governor on Monday, choosing to highlight his work on domestic violence prevention.

The 30-second spot opens by recalling the death of Brown's cousin, Catherine Brown, who was fatally shot by a former boyfriend in 2008 and tells voters that "no family is immune from the tragedy of domestic violence."

The advertisement mentions several domestic violence laws Brown lobbied to pass in Annapolis, including one that calls for people who have domestic violence protection orders filed against them to surrender their firearms.

The ad will run in the Baltimore television markets for now, an aide said. It concludes with Brown saying, "We cannot rest until every Maryland family is safe from violence and fear."

Brown's two previous television spots focused on his biography as he tries to sway Democratic voters in advance of the June 24 primary.

One of his chief political rivals, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, has already touted his record on domestic violence in campaign advertisements. Del. Heather Mizeur is also in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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