A same-sex kiss aired this morning during Fox & Friends as an out candidate for governor in Maryland taunted the show’s biggest fan — Donald Trump.
Democratic candidate Richard Madaleno kisses his husband Mark Hodge on the lips in his newest campaign ad, which debuted on Fox & Friends this morning in the Washington, D.C., market.
“What’s the No. 1 way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans?” asks Madaleno to the camera before planting one on his husband. “Take that, Trump."
The 30-second spot is a laundry list of ways Madaleno is the very opposite of President Trump. “Here are a few of the things I’ve done that already infuriate him,” he says in the spot. Madaleno defended Planned Parenthood, supported a statewide assault weapons ban, and supports public schools (“take that Trump, and Betsy DeVos”).
“June is LGBT Pride Month and I couldn’t think of a better time to release this ad,” Madaleno said in a statement. “I am proud of my family, proud of my record of standing up for our progressive values and proud to be unflinching in standing up against hate. Love does truly trump hate.”
The Victory Fund, which has endorsed Madaleno, touted the ad as a first for visibility. It might be the first candidate to kiss their same-sex spouse in a campaign ad.
“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 Annise Parker, president of Victory Fund. Parker said Madaleno 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 latest poll in the race, however, shows the state senator from Montgomery in fourth place among Democrats, with 6 percent support versus 21 percent support for Ben Jealous, the former head of the NAACP. The Washington Post, which conducted the poll, notes that a huge amount of voters — nearly 4 in 10 likely voters — have not settled on any candidate. The primary will be held June 26.
Watch the ad below.