In Md. governor’s race, Gansler launches radio ad narrated by running mate Jolene Ivey

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler released his first radio ad of the campaign on Wednesday, pledging to “take on the tough fights” if elected.

The 60-second spot is largely narrated by Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s), Gansler’s running mate, who relays that her father was a Buffalo soldier who served in an all-black infantry unit, often faced prejudice and hate and taught her “never to shy away from what’s right.”

Ivey goes on to tell listeners that Gansler, too, has stood up for what’s right, including during his tenure as Maryland’s attorney general, on issues including domestic violence and foreclosure relief. She adds that Gansler was the first statewide elected official in Maryland to support Barack Obama for president.

Gansler’s voice is heard toward the end of the ad, promising to implement health care, fight for jobs and lift up “all our schools.”

The Gansler campaign said the ad is airing on African-American-oriented and other news stations in both the Washington and Baltimore media markets.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler. (Rebecca D'Angelo/For the Washington Post)

Last week, Gansler and his chief Democratic rival, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, both launched their television advertising campaigns. Gansler is up on both Washington and Baltimore stations. Brown is in heavier rotation only in Baltimore.

The June Democratic primary also includes Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery), who has not gone on the air yet.

Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican gubernatorial hopeful, was the first candidate in the race to air radio ads. Gansler is the first Democrat to do so.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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