Trone, Alsobrooks Offer Contrasts In First And Possibly Only Televised Debate

The top two Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate took the stage Friday evening in their first, and possibly, only televised debate, which showcased their similarities on the issues but also their distinct personalities, backgrounds and strategy.

Before the one-hour debate began at the studios of Fox45 in Baltimore, U.S. Rep. David Trone walked to his left toward Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and extended his hand. Alsobrooks obliged and shook his hand.

That’s where the camaraderie ended, as the May 14 primary is less than a month away.

It’s anticipated the winner would face popular former Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in the November general election, who jumped in the Senate race hours before the filing deadline.

In a 30-second TV spot released this week, Hogan said, “It’s time we stop the partisan B.S. and get stuff done.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee put up half the money to air the ad.