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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Laid off ice cream man turns up in political ad

I was lounging on my couch the other night, scrolling through the Internet on my iPad. The TV was on. My family was sleeping. All of the sudden I heard a familiar voice. I said to myself, “Is that Larry?”


Larry Lorshbaugh, a union leader who lost his job when the Good Humor plant in Hagerstown closed, is featured in an ad for independent candidate for Maryland U.S. Senate, Rob Sobhani. (Doug Kapustin - For The Washington Post)
I looked at the TV — yep, there was Larry in a commercial.

Larry is Larry Lorshbaugh. He was president of the United Steelworkers Local 9386 at the Good Humor ice cream plant in Hagerstown. Lorshbaugh, a pasteurizer at the plant almost his whole life, fought a long battle against plant owner Unilever, but the company shut down the plant this past summer.

About 400 people lost their jobs and a way of life, a sad story I told in this article.

Lorshbaugh is still fighting for his union. Last month, he hosted a meeting with union workers and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who wants to see another food company open up in the defunct plant.

Now Lorshbaugh is appearing in a new political ad supporting independent Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Rob Sobhani, a businessman who has spent more than $6 million of his own money on his campaign

In the ad, Lorshbaugh says Ben Cardin, the incumbent Democratic senator from Maryland, hasn’t reached out to help the ice cream workers.

“Rob called me out of the blue and asked what he could do to help us,” Lorshbaugh says, as he is seen sitting at a table with Sobhani. “I’ve been a Democrat my whole life, but this year I’m gonna give my vote to an independent.”

You can watch the ad here.

By  |  11:42 AM ET, 11/02/2012

 
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