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There was another sign yesterday that Gov. Bob Ehrlich is ramping up his still-undeclared campaign for reelection. The governor's front-line press aide, Shareese DeLeaver, will leave her job as deputy press secretary to take over media duties for the campaign full time.

DeLeaver handled press for Ehrlich's 2002 campaign but may be best known as the person who signed the memo to state officials banning them from talking to two Baltimore Sun journalists. DeLeaver announced her move in an e-mail to reporters yesterday that included a touch of her trademark: biting humor.

"It has been a learning experience working with all of you and my pleasure working with 'most' of you," she wrote.

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 11, 2006; 6:04 AM ET
Categories:  Governor  
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Are you guys seriously calling Michael Olesker a 'journalist'? He was a columnist who was forced out for plagarizing on multiple instances. I wouldn't dignify him with the term 'journalist'.

Good to see Ehrlich's campaign getting in gear. O'Malley and Duncan better watch out as Ehrlich has a good record to run on and I don't doube he'll tell voters all about it.

Posted by: Bryan | May 11, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Are you seriously trying to suggest Ehrlich has a "good record"? What's next, Michael Steele is a man of substance? Please.

O'Malley and Duncan are already beating Ehrlich in every poll.

Posted by: Baltimore voter | May 11, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's true that Ehrlich's record is mixed, but that's mainly because we've had the Democrat-controlled General Assembly frustrating his good ideas at every turn.

Posted by: MK | May 11, 2006 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Record? What record? Tuition up 50% at state colleges in 4 years? Attempted sales of public park land to developers? Turning a blind eye to the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban? Half-hearted support for stem cell research? Raiding the Transportation Trust Fund? Raising the property tax? Increasing car registration fees? Increasing tolls? Raising dozens of other fees? Largest spending increases in the history of Maryland? Firing public employees and replacing them with incompetent political appointees (*ahem* Ken Schisler *ahem*)?

Bob Ehrlich has been an atrocious governor. Good luck to him explaining to voters why they should re-elect him when he has raised their taxes, he is responsible for massive tuition increases, and couldn't care less about higher energy costs.

Shameful.

Posted by: Kenneth | May 11, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Ehrlich has played into corporate hands since day one. It only recently came to light that he stacked the deck of the energy commission with pro-business advocates that have cozy relationships with the energy industry. On top of everything Kenneth mentioned, I don't think he has a chance. The only reason he was elected in the first place was because Townsend was a pathetic candidate. She ran a half-assed campaign and failed to reach out to voters. This time, the Democrats have stronger candidates with better ideas. Go Dems!

Posted by: Mr. K | May 11, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the compelling story, and it's a massively negative story, about Ehrlich are the ways he has used political power to intimidate and remove folks from public agencies, people who were entirely competent at their jobs, but who simply didn't speak well of the governor.

It smacks of the sort of :partisan favoritism trumping ability and public service" nonsense that Bush has done and that we're now (finally) seeing a backlash against.

Posted by: John | May 11, 2006 6:08 PM | Report abuse

You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.
Fact, Ehrlich doubled need-based college financial aid.
Fact, Ehrlich has for three consecutive years increased K-12 education aid by record amounts, total increase: $1.4 billion.
Fact, the Governor's school construction budget is the largest ever.
Fact, the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act was called by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, "The greatest environmental achievement in 20 years" and for two consecutive years Program Open Space funding has been at record levels.
Fact, the Governor included more than $30 million for stem cell research and construction funding for a bio-research building in his most recent budget and the Maryland General Assembly eliminated the capital funding and reduced the operating.
Fact, Mike Miller was the driving force behind deregulation, which was passed in 1999. He went so far as to take the unprecedented step of placing himself on the conference committee and subsequently received more than $120k in contributions from energy companies, including Enron.
Fact, the employees terminated were at-will employees who served at the pleasure of the administration. Not a single civil service termination has been questioned.
Fact, among the PSC chairmen not reappointed was Max Curran, Mayor O'Malley's brother-in-law, the Attorney General's son, and most importantly, one of the commissioners who structured the deregulation mess. Nepotism at its finest.

Posted by: Sarah | May 11, 2006 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Sarah that is all wonderful but that still doesn't negate all the stuff he did that was completely partisan and sometimes unethical.

Fact - Under Ehrlich college tutition rates have skyrocketed.

Fact - He attempted to sell public park land to developers.

Fact - He has raised taxes multiple times.

Under Investigation - Shady practice by Ehrlich's own "Prince of Darkness" for firing non-partisan government employees.

Obviously, Ehrlich is not completely bad and has made some modest improvements to Maryland; however, had a Democratic governer been in place I would wager we would have gotten a lot more done with a lot less shady under the table behavior to accompany it.

Posted by: Mr. K | May 12, 2006 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Mr. K, when Maryland had a Democrat Governor in Glendenning the politics of Maryland had much more "shady under the table behavior" than we've experienced with Ehrlich.

Posted by: MK | May 12, 2006 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Yes, Sarah that is all wonderful but that still doesn't negate all the stuff he did that was completely partisan and sometimes unethical."

Yeah, because the Democrats in the legislature are beacons of bipartisanship and impeccable ethics. For example, they would never dare even consider placing partisan advantage ahead of voting integrity by allowing early voting on insecure voting machines in exclusively Democrat precincts without requiring proof of ID.

Ehrlich's done one at least one great thing: he's incited liberals to b*&h and moan over tax increases.


Posted by: Brandon | May 13, 2006 1:04 AM | Report abuse

You want to talk about tuition then do your homework.

Let's take the University of Maryland College Park, my alumunus and where I was a student when the University Board of Regents followed their historical trends with raising tuition (not Ehrlich--study the numbers guys, isnt that what they taught you in school?).

From 1995-2002 state aid to UMCP increased 54%, system-wide tuition increased 53.5% and inflation was 22%. Wait, what's that, tuition increases matched state aid increases?!

How about when the University System said oh if Ehrlich gives us $35 million we'll raise tuition only 4%? By the way, they've never not raised tuition since 1995 and only 4% for two of those years if you check back. So anyway, after this $35 million promise Ehrlich gave them $43 million and they raised tuition 5.9% was it?

Oh wait, you want more, well Ehrlich increased their aid by triple that this past year and guess what...they STILL raised tuition.

Now you want to argue about tuition caps? Great, I'm game, I wrote the book and helped one Republican legislator author the original tuition cap legislation. The Democrat's version was bad because it was going to chase business out of MD by forcing increased fees upon them and it did nothing to reign in the spending issues within the University System.

See the University System was paying 79 employees $14 million in 2003. Several employees were making nearly double what the Governor earns.

Nearly a dozen administrators received house and car allowances totaling $295,000 and in 2003 that was 43 students instate tuition at UMCP.

Four other administrators got house and car allowances on top of earning over $190,000.

So you Ehrlich-detractors, please do show me where Ehrlich raised tuition? It is simply not true. You're making ignorant statement that completely ignores the history of the University System and I'm calling you out on it.

Posted by: Bryan | May 13, 2006 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Brandon, I'm not saying that the Democratic legislature hasn't been partsian, but if all they had to negoiate with are foaming at the mouth right wing nutcases like Bill Dwyer I don't blame them for doing so.

Posted by: Mr. K | May 13, 2006 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Brandon, I'm not saying that the Democratic legislature hasn't been partsian, but if all they had to negoiate with are foaming at the mouth right wing nutcases like Bill Dwyer I don't blame them for doing so. "

So Mr. Dwyer's responsible for the Democrats passing a set of bills whose intent and effect will be to give their party an easier time stuffing ballot boxes in November's elections. You give right-wing nutcases too much credit.

And his first name is Don, not Bill. I'm in his district, I supported him in 02, and he did such an admirable job in his first term of pissing off leftists that I'll vote for him in his Senate bid.

Posted by: Brandon | May 13, 2006 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul is the best Congressman :).

Posted by: Ron | May 14, 2006 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Brandon,

I was actually thinking you might have some valid points in your previous posts. Then I saw that your only real criteria for a candidate was "pissing off leftists". Way to raise the intellectual bar.

There are many good points to both arguments, and both candidates, but also a lot of numbers bending and data manipulation for these so-called facts. However, the point I would like to make is that Erlich has quite simply been ineffectual. Not completely, of course, but I believe that a Democrat Governor would be able to get things done on an exponential level. I quite agree that the majority of this is because the democrat-controlled house thwarts him on every turn. But I will contend that he brought this on himself. His brand of "My way or the Highway" politics has polarized the population. For instance, on the slot machine issue, instead of trying to work with Mike Miller and the house, he decided to throw a pre-emptive punch and loudly blast them for the steps of the capitol. Then he is amazed that they did not completely endorse HIS version. In short, by alienating the oppostition to the point where his very name brings curses, he not only stalls any progress for the state of MD, but actually retards advancement by his strictly partisan opposition to any and all legistration introduced by a democrat.

Posted by: John | September 28, 2006 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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