I Want My Gov TV!

It used to be that Governors rarely went on TV to sell anything other than their state's beaches and casinos. But a number of state leaders who happen to be up for re-election this year have lent their faces to an array of public-service ads for popular state programs. Critics insist that the spots--funded largely by taxpayers and featured prominently on TV, radio, billboards and other media--amount to thinly disguised campaign ads. A gallery of gubernatorial thespians:

GEORGE PATAKI (R., N.Y.): In the past three years, the media-friendly Governor has starred in some $50 million worth of state-funded ads for museums,...

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