New ad in Montgomery County race compares Democrat to Trump

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County executive hopeful Roger Berliner targeted fellow Democrat David Blair in his first TV ad, comparing his opponent to President Donald Trump.

Berliner currently sits on the Montgomery County Council. His ad features an image of businessman David Blair and a voice-over that states “..another rich guy with zero government experience, spending his millions to buy this election.”

During the ad, Blair’s image morphs into Trump.

Blair was the CEO of a prescription drug benefits company until he sold it in 2012.

Apparently anticipating attacks related to his wealth  — Blair reportedly made $16 million from the 2012 sale — Blair taped a political ad that put him right in front of the White House.

In the ad, Blair said he was standing in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “to make a point: I’m the opposite of Donald Trump!”

The ad goes on to say that Blair’s company saved consumers purchasing prescriptions drugs, and his firm promoted diversity. Blair won the endorsement of The Washington Post.

There are six Democrats running for county executive, and one Republican.

Reports filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections indicate Blair loaned his campaign $1.6 million between January 11 and May 15. During that time, he only raised $49,009 from contributors.

Voters have until 9 p.m. June 5 to register to vote. Early voting begins June 14 and runs through the 21. The primary is June 26.

Kate Ryan

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