- The pro slots group For Maryland For Our Future is out with the first TV campaign ads for the referendum coming up on Election Day.
The ad is airing in Baltimore. Pretty effective job of highlighting the benefits of slots while making them seem benign; featuring some of the respected groups - teachers, police, and firemen - standing in support, and vilifying the opposition with disputed charges of raising taxes. Note the aggrieved mother and child facing those higher taxes, and the poignant logo at the end with the cute little kids at play, very nice.
The group also sent out an email stating that future ads would correct Comptroller Peter Franchot's "misleading" and "false public statements" about Question 2, and which detailed at some length Franchot's past support of slots while a Montgomery delegate. Franchot vowed to remain above the fray.
"I refuse to get in the gutter with the Annapolis crowd who wants to allow foreign gambling tycoons to spend millions of dollars amending Maryland's Constitution and send your hard-earned money to out-of-state casino executives and other special interests."