BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The race to replace Attorney General Doug Gansler gets heated. Gansler is running for governor and that leaves the office of attorney general wide open.

Political reporter Pat Warren reports candidates Jon Cardin and Brian Frosh aren’t pulling any punches.

State senator vs. state delegate.

Cardin’s got the name and Frosh has the game. He bashed Cardin for missing 75 percent of his committee votes.

“I can promise you that as attorney general, I will show up for work,” he said.

He slammed Cardin for accepting the endorsement of and publicly encouraging others to follow a rapper charged with human trafficking.

“What that guy says is horrible stuff about women. He talks about, `I make hos, I break hos,'” said Frosh.

“As soon as we learned that this person had charges against him, we certainly rejected the endorsement,” Cardin said.

Cardin is the nephew of Maryland Senator Ben Cardin.

“Jon Cardin has a great last name but he’s not Ben Cardin,” Frosh said. “He shown terrible judgment in a series of incidents.”

Cardin attacked Frosh’s judgment as chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

“He’s consistently killed bills that crack down on predators who sexually assault children and he killed a task force to study child abuse and neglect,” Cardin said.

“The Senate had a good recipe for preventing child abuse,” Frosh said.

Frosh’s endorsements include Governor Martin O’Malley, but Cardin is polling six points ahead.

Early voting starts Thursday.

Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy is running third in the polls in the attorney general race.

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