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Democratic governors run ad slamming Hogan

The Democratic Governors Association has begun running a television ad attacking Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan, echoing Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's theme that Hogan would take Maryland backwards and would be "dangerous" on women's health issues.

The 30-second spot reinforces Brown's negative ad campaign singling out Hogan's past positions on abortion and contraception. It says the Republican has taken positions in favor of banning abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and supporting a proposal that would outlaw common forms of birth control.

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While it is true that Hogan expressed support for such policies in the 1980s and early 1990s, the ad does not acknowledge that the Republican nominee has repeatedly said he would not seek to curb women's reproductive rights if elected governor. Nor does the ad say how long ago Hogan took those positions.

Rather, the DGA ad says Hogan's agenda is "radical, dangerous and would take Maryland backwards."

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The theme that the other candidate would move Maryland backwards has become a favorite of both campaign. Hogan, too, has used such a charge in a web-only ad.

In response to the DGA television ads and recent web-only videos released by the Brown campaign, Hogan released an angry statement.

"Anthony Brown is now doubling down on his false and vile ad campaign by putting out even more ads that are even worse and tell even bigger lies than the previous ones," Hogan said. "What's worse, it now seems these ads are being paid for in part with special interest money from the very corporations Anthony Brown hired to build his failed health exchange, which is currently under a federal fraud investigation."

Hogan insisted that his "lifelong position" has been that women should have "unfettered access to the birth control of their choice.

Spokesman Adam Dubitsky said the comment on special interest money applies to hundreds of millions of dollars collected by the DGA from companies with a stake in the health care industry while Gov. Martin O'Malley was its finance chairman.


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