State Comptroller Peter Franchot is breaking from most in his party and appearing in a radio ad opposing expanded gambling in Maryland.
Franchot, a long-time opponent of gambling, has frequently criticized the use of gambling to balance the state budget or pay for programs such as education.
"I can very clearly tell the people of Maryland there is no new education money coming from this casino," Franchot said in the commercial posted on Youtube and running on local radio stations.
Franchot's position runs contrary to many of his fellow Democrats in the state including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
All have appeared in commercials favoring the passage of Question 7, which would expand gambling in the state including adding table games and a sixth casino—most likely at National Harbor.
Proponents say the new casino, in addition to adding thousands of jobs, will add millions to education spending in the state—a claim opponents say is misleading.