Maryland Senatorial Candidates in Dog Fight

 |  Sep 29th 2006  |   0 Contributions

Lt. Governor Michael Steele reports that the Maryland candidates for the US Senate are doggedly fighting it out with, well, dogs. More precisely, Boston terriers.

Have any Dogsters seen these ads? What's your bark on them?

Dog stars in ads for Md. candidates


Talk about a dogged race - a Boston terrier is starring in campaign ads for both the Democrat and Republican in Maryland's Senate contest.

Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele started the puppy parade earlier this month, airing a commercial that poked fun at negative advertising. He is running against Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

In an ad campaign worth $606,350 that included spots in Baltimore and Washington, Steele said, "Soon your TV will be jammed with negative ads from the Washington crowd." An image of a fictional newspaper with the headline, "STEELE HATES PUPPIES," then flashed on the screen. Later in the ad, Steele tells viewers, "For the record, I love puppies."

Campaign aides said Steele is a dog owner, but the black-and-white Boston terrier in the ad isn't his.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded with an ad this week that shows a clip of Steele's ad in which he puts an arm around the dog: "It's nice to know that Michael Steele likes puppies. But he's running for the United States Senate," the announcer says.

The Democrats' ad shows pictures of Steele with an arm around President Bush, who is unpopular in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1. The ad mentions the issues on which Bush and Steele agree - opposition to abortion rights and to increased federal funds for some embryonic stem-cell research. It ends with Bush and Steele in a red heart-shaped frame: "Michael Steele: He likes puppies, but he loves George Bush."

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