Larry Hogan became the first Republican candidate for governor to run ads on television Thursday as his campaign released a 30-second spot that is running on cable channels in the Baltimore market.
The Hogan ad, which comes 2 1/2 months before the June 24 primary, continues Hogan's theme of his determination to "Change Maryland" -- the name of the conservative advocacy group he founded three years ago. Hogan, a former Ehrlich administration official, makes the case that he can do that because he is not a career politician. He also attacks the record of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.
"The largest . grassroots organization dedicated to changing Maryland wasn’t started by a politician, but a businessman, a community leader, a father. Larry Hogan," the ad's voiceover says. "Like you, Hogan was fed up with 40 tax increases in a row, even taxing the rain. Too many lost jobs. And a failed health care exchange. Today, Larry Hogan is running for governor. To turn this state around, with fresh ideas that benefit everyone."