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The latest TV ad from Doug Gansler's campaign criticizes Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for skipping Tuesday night's debate at a Baltimore TV station.
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The latest TV ad from Doug Gansler's campaign criticizes Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for skipping Tuesday night's debate at a Baltimore TV station.

As next month's Democratic primary for governor inches closer, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is going after Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for skipping a debate this week.

The latest TV ad from Gansler's campaign criticizes the lieutenant governor for skipping Tuesday night's debate at a Baltimore TV station. Only Gansler and Montgomery County Delegate Heather Mizeur participated, with an empty lectern in between them adorned with Brown's name.

The ad will run only in the Baltimore TV market, and St. Mary's College political analyst Dr. Todd Eberly says that's a smart move for the attorney general. "With no native son or favorite son from the Baltimore area, if Gansler can drive the point home that Brown is taking the Baltimore region for granted or not really fighting for their vote, he is at least hoping that he can win over some of those undecided voters in that region."

But Eberly also questions how effective the ad can be, since it has no narration—just graphics.

"The Gansler ad wants them to sit in front of the TV and just watch it and read it. And I don't think that's how people deal with commercials these days," Eberly says.

All 3 Democratic candidates will face off against each other twice next week, starting Monday in Baltimore.

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