Democratic congressional candidate Milad Pooran will be up this week with his first television ad in Maryland's 6th District race -- a largely introductory piece that manages to take a subtle swipe at his two leading opponents.
Pooran, a doctor and member of the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, notes in the ad that he and his family came to the country when he was six (Pooran's family emigrated from Iran) and touts his military service, including in Iraq. "I will fight for jobs and fair taxes," Pooran says.
At the end of the ad, Pooran makes reference to the two candidates in the race who have received most of the attention so far: State Sen. Rob Garagiola, who previously worked as a federal lobbyist, and John Delaney, a commercial banker.
"I will stand up to bankers and lobbyists who are stealing that [American] dream," he says.
A campaign spokesman said the ad will run on cable television.
Pooran appears to be positioning himself as a progressive alternative to Delaney and Garagiola -- a third option in a race that has become increasingly bitter. Pooran recently received the endorsement of former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean as well as the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The primary is April 3. The seat is currently held by Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who is seeking an 11th term in a district that became more friendly to Democrats in last year's redistricting.