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Ehrlich Hits the Airwaves


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) began airing the first campaign commercial today in what is likely to be a summer-long television advertising blitz aimed at securing his reelection in November.

The ad, which was e-mailed to supporters last night, sets the tone for a campaign that is expected to officially get underway next week.

In the ad, a diverse mix of Marylanders praise Ehrlich for not governing "from the right or the left, but the center, where most of us are."

Ehrlich aides said the ads would air in the Baltimore television market, both on network and cable television. The general manager of WBAL-TV, an NBC affiliate, confirmed the advertising purchase last night.

Both Democrats seeking to unseat Ehrlich in November have put their own ads in circulation in the Baltimore television market. Mayor Martin O'Malley had one that can still be viewed on his web site. Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan began airing ads last month, but has not got them running right now. His ads can be viewed on his site.

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good for him for going with a positive spot about his record. Both Duncan and O'Malley started off with attack ads - and after spending so much time talking about what a nasty campaigner Ehrlich is. I guess the truth shows itself.

Posted by: MoCo voter | June 21, 2006 11:01 AM | Report abuse

good for him for going with a positive spot about his record. Both Duncan and O'Malley started off with attack ads - and after spending so much time talking about what a nasty campaigner Ehrlich is. I guess the truth shows itself.

Posted by: MoCo voter | June 21, 2006 11:02 AM | Report abuse

He can talk about running in the center but his recent actions have alienated his base on the right and the left wouldn't vote for a Republican if the Messiah were on the ticket.

It's over, Bob.

Posted by: Rufus | June 21, 2006 1:43 PM | Report abuse

MoCo Voter,
No incumbant ever starts a campaign going negative, that would be the ultimate sign of desperation. Erhlich and the GOP strategists that he employs, start going negative right after the primary. When the Dem's candidate won't have much money left, and Erhlich can try and paint the first impression of the nominee with half-truths and wedge issues like gay marraige, immigration, crime and taxes. Mostly because he can't run a full campaign on his non-existent record. So look for the attack ads to start about mid-September.

Sad part is that no one in this state is listening to this Governor anymore because they see him as the right-winger he is, not the moderate he sells himself as. So the General Assembly is going to continue to lead while the Governor plays political games.

Posted by: RCD | June 21, 2006 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Are you blind? O'malley has not aired any negative ads. His ads have talked about lowering college tuition and making health care affordable.Stop making broad generalizations that you can not even support with any proof.You are quite unaware of the ads of Martin O'malley.

Posted by: Response to MoCo voter | June 21, 2006 6:15 PM | Report abuse

He should have bought a 1 minute spot so he can expand on his accomplishments. He could have further explained how he slashed the Glendening $4 BBBBbillion defecit and turned it into a $2 BBBBbillion surplus-without raising taxes.

Certainly Mike Miller, Mike Busch, Duncan and O'Malley are all salivating like Pavlov dogs over the thought of unchecked control of a $2B surplus. Without Ehrlich, who would there be to hold these power wolves accountable? For once you're correct Md Moment bloggers-no one.

Posted by: BG From PG | June 21, 2006 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? O'Malley's entire tenure is a negative ad. he does nothing but whine.
PS-save the campaign talking points, please. thanks.

Posted by: Re: response to MoCo voter | June 21, 2006 9:23 PM | Report abuse

How is saying he governs from the center and highlight some legislative accomplishments "going on the negative?" Ehrlich isn't going on the negative. He's reminding voters the race isn't just between Doug Duncan and Martin O'Malley, but between the winner of those two and then against him.

Both of which will have a hard time beating him if anyone read the WSJ's editorial yesterday.

Beating an incumbent is hard as is. Beating an incumbent who has presided over record increases to schools, fixed a budget deficit, seen unemployment drop to new lows, seen welfare rolls decrease, passed historic Bay legislation, etc is not someone easy to beat.

O'Malley's "i'd have raised your income, sales and cigareete taxes" if i won in 2002 mantra ain't going to cut it.

Duncan's "i'm not O'Malley and I like to think bigger" is just pretty flat with nothing new.

Posted by: Bryan | June 21, 2006 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Yet you remain to give any proof. All you have to offer are sweeping generalizations about O'malley.

Posted by: Response to MoCo voter | June 22, 2006 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Calling Ehrlich a right-winger is as phony as calling him a zebra, it just ain't so.

What he has managed to do is enrage and alienate the family-oriented and conservative base with his recent anti-Catholic actions which should allow one of the Dems a chance to score a win.

Posted by: Rufus | June 22, 2006 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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