On Thursday, a Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland ran the first political television ad featuring a same-sex couple kissing — one of whom is the candidate himself.
The LGBTQ Victory Fund confirmed the historic moment on behalf of candidate Richard Madaleno, who is currently a state senator in Maryland.
In the ad, Madaleno pledges to “stand up to” President Donald Trump and highlights actions he has already taken that purportedly “infuriate” the president.
“I’m running for governor to deliver progressive results and to stand up to Donald Trump,” Madaleno says in his ad. “Here are a few of the things that I’ve done that already infuriate him.”
Madaleno proceeds to list ways that he has opposed Trump’s agenda, including protecting Planned Parenthood “from the Republicans in Congress.” The candidate also lauds a bill he co-sponsored that banned assault weapons in Maryland, after which a child interjects, “Take that NRA.” Madaleno also voices his support for public schools, then a child calls out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
“And what’s the No. 1 way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans?” Madaleno asks before kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the lips. “Take that, Trump.”
Madaleno purchased ad time on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Thursday broadcast, during which the ad first aired. The candidate reportedly hoped that Trump would view it while watching the broadcast.
According to The Hill, “If elected, Madaleno would be the state’s first openly gay governor. He was the state’s first openly gay member of the General Assembly and fought to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.”
Madaleno is competing with several candidates in Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. A recent poll published by The Washington Post placed Madaleno fourth among his competitors, with six percent of voters intending to cast a ballot for him.