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Teachers’ Union Airing TV Ads for Embattled Sen. Mathias

As Democrats fight to prevent Republicans from flipping five state Senate seats — a circumstance that would make it much tougher for Democrats to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s vetoes, assuming he wins a second term — a powerful ally has begun airing TV and digital ads to protect one endangered lawmaker.

The Maryland State Education Association is airing ads to support state Sen. James N. Mathias Jr. (D-Lower Shore), who is trying to fend off a challenge from Del. Mary Beth Carozza (R).

The ad shows a grainy black-and-white photo of Carozza and images suggesting what the consequences of her policy positions might be. When it switches to a positive narrative about Mathias and his views, the images turn to color.

“Mary Beth Carozza turned her back on our kids,” the narrator says in the 30-second ad. “Voting ‘No’ to more access to higher education. ‘No’ to improving the school construction process. And ‘No’ on more public school funding. After decades in Washington, D.C., Mary Beth Carozza turned her back on us. But Jim Mathias makes sure our schools get their fair share of funding. And supports new technical and vocational training to prepare our students for good jobs. Fighting for us. Jim Mathias.”

The teachers’ union said the ad buy is “nearly six figures,” and is airing in the Salisbury media market.

Mathias is a well-known and popular politician in his district, but the political headwinds are formidable for this Democrat. Hogan carried the district by 40 points in 2014 and is expected to do just as well this time. President Trump carried the district by 28 points in the 2016 White House election.

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