The spot then sets out three aims of his candidacy, backed with appealing visuals: helping students graduate college without debt, passing tax relief for working families and making prescription drugs more affordable. All are high-priority items for Maryland’s Democratic elected officials
It then shifts to a dig at his party’s favorite villain — Republican President Donald Trump, whom Democrats would like to tie to GOP Gov. Larry Hogan as tightly as they can.
Flashing a picture of Trump, the ad says: “And until this guy loses his job, Rich will fight him and his agenda.”
The facts: Madaleno’s claims about his policy priorities are consistent with his record. One quibble: He is vice chairman of the Budget & Taxation Committee, though he does chair one of its subcommittees. “Budget chair” is more pithy.
Analysis: Madaleno flashes a quick picture of himself with his husband and their two adopted children but otherwise doesn’t emphasize his identity as the only openly gay candidate in the field. It introduces Madaleno to Democratic voters while stressing a few of their top issues. It makes no mention of his opponents.