Brian Murphy spot to air during Glenn Beck
Bob Ehrlich isn't the only Republican gubernatorial hopeful with television news today. Underdog challenger Brian Murphy he will debut a TV spot tonight on the jumbotron at Frederick's minor league baseball team stadium, after throwing out the game's first pitch.
Murphy's spot will air during Fox's Glenn Beck show tonight, next week and on the day before the Sept. 14 primary election, said campaign spokeswoman Karla Graham. The campaign disclosed the ad buy in a release announcing the beginning of his "Refuse to Settle Tour."
The Montgomery County investor plays up that theme in the ad, saying small businesses have been "choked" for the past eight years, under Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Gov. Martin O'Malley, and that "our last two governors forgot their role." The ad includes text saying "Ehrlich = largest spending increase in state history" and "O'Malley = largest tax increase in state history."
Murphy, who started a successful Smith Island bakery, gained national attention when he attracted the backing of Sarah Palin, Alaska's former governor and a Tea Party idol.
Still, Murphy faces significant name-recognition challenges headed into the Sept. 14 primary. And the Maryland Republican Party has thrown its support behind Ehrlich, who has broader appeal than the more conservative Murphy. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 2-to-1 in Maryland.
Murphy has self-funded much of his campaign. This is his first television advertisement.