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Jim Smith Comes Out For Question 7

The former Baltimore County Executive appears in a television commercial asking voters to vote in favor of expanded gambling in Maryland.

Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith has joined the list of current and former elected officials to throw support behind the referendum to expand gambling in Maryland.

Smith appears in the latest (but it's hard to keep track) commercial in favor of Question 7.

Smith can be seen standing in what appears to be an elementary school hallway with a primary color-painted mural backdrop endorsing the effort and asking for voters to join him in supporting the issue.

"Marylanders can keep spending millions at casinos in other states or we can generate millions for our schools right here," Smith says in the commercial. [See the commercial here.]

Opponents argue that the law, if passed, would not result in additional spending on education.

Other elected officials to appear in commercials for the referendum include Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Smith was not immediately available to comment for this post.

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Buck Harmon October 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM
The fact that our State needs something as damaging as gambling to even begin to make a few ends meet is very telling of the quality of previous leadership. Our State has devolved to this very low point with perceived leaders like Jim Smith at the helm...such dummies..
Lois Bowers October 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
So true, Buck!
FIFA October 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I presume you mean Ehrlich, the first proponent of casinos.
Buck Harmon October 23, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yea...Ehrlich as well..
DJ Groove October 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Define "damaging" please.

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