A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno focuses on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state, and it ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the front lawn of his home. It is being widely considered as the first political ad in American history to feature a kiss between a candidate and a same-sex spouse. Theran on the Fox News show Fox & Friends in the Washington area this morning.
“At a time when the White House and other anti-LGBTQ politicians are attempting to erase our visibility and rollback our rights, Rich Madaleno is boldly stating he’s proud of his family and will fight for all Marylanders if elected,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Not long ago, out LGBTQ people were unable to run for statewide offices such as governor, but voters now recognize there is an authenticity to LGBTQ leaders rarely found in today’s politicians. Rich is on-track to win the Democratic primary because of that authenticity, his deep roots in the state, and his 15 years of legislative experience. And it is great to see him share his love for Mark and the kids with voters too – especially in a political ad airing during the president’s favorite television show.”
The 30-second ad emphasizes Madaleno’s work as a state senator—standing up to the Trump agenda, defending Planned Parenthood and passing a statewide assault weapons ban. It also highlights his unwavering support for addressing the challenges faced by underserved communities.