Amid a $50 million media blitz to convince Marylanders to vote for or against a proposed gambling expansion, something unprecedented happened this week: One of the Question 7 TV ads was actually amusing.
Gone were the stock scary music and grainy images. There were no teachers averring that they would either be helped or hurt by a sixth casino and table games. No images of articles ripped out of newspapers to back up one side or the other. The ad was nothing more than Baltimore Mayor
That man is former Ravens offensive tackle and likely future Hall of Famer
One could quibble with some of the content of what Ms. Rawlings-Blake says during the 30-second spot, but amid an avalanche of bland, generic ads cascading down from the national campaign consultants working on this referendum, it stands out. It's funny.
But what's hilarious is what happened next. The anti-Question 7 campaign, which is financed by
Then the pro-Question 7 campaign sent a response complaining that Penn National's press release "crosses the line" and betrays its insensitivity to all things Maryland. The pro-Question 7 campaign is, of course, mostly financed by another out-of-state casino company, MGM.
What conclusion are Marylanders to draw from all of this? The people trying to sway their votes have a lot more money than sense.