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Dems Lampoon Ehrlich in Web Ad


Everybody knows the governor's race is going to be a slug-fest, and both sides are no doubt starting to brainstorm for negative ads. But the Democratic Party has gotten a little head start with a web ad called "Mis-leader."

It can be found by scrolling down the party's web site. If the state parties stay true to form, the Republican counter attack about Gov. Bob Ehrlich's Democratic opponent, Martin O'Malley, should be along soon.

Meanwhile, our brother blog, The Fix, weighs in on the governor's race.

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I'm impressed with the production quality. It seems to match the level of accuracy in the ad. Ehrlich never said Schaffer or the Ches. Bay foundation supported him, he accurately quoted things they had said about him and his policies, that's it. As for stem cell research, the Dems can't have it both ways, they say that it had not passed before because Ehrlich had taken "behind the scenes" opposition to it but when it does pass and he does sign it, he's somehow against it?

Plus, how can they say that the Gov's support or opposition of ANYTHING influences the legislature's actions - they have passed TONS of stuff he has actively and publically been opposed to but now we're supposed to belive that his quiet, behind the scenes opinions made the deciding difference. God, they're so full of $*#@......

And, if this is the sort of attack ads they plan to use, I am looking forward to a LONG run of Ehrlich success... That's pretty pathetic

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2006 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Unknown Commenter wrote: "Ehrlich never said Schaffer [sic] or the Ches. Bay foundation supported him, he accurately quoted things they had said about him and his policies...."

Well sure, technically Ehrlich never said Schaefer or the CBF supported him. But you can bet your bottom dollar the intent of the ad was to show support for the Guv and confuse uninformed voters into thinking they had perhaps endorsed Ehrlich. That's certainly why the CBF demanded that Ehrlich remove their logo from the ad, and why Schaefer issued a statement asking the Governor to not use his picture in the ad and explicitly endorsing O'Malley.

As for the production quality, it looked fine to me. This is not necessarily an ad that is planned for broadcast tv; you can get a lot more bang for your buck with web-based spots these days. Maybe a bit cheesy with the big red "x" and the gameshow buzzer, but still, not bad.

Also, just curious what makes you describe this as an attack ad?

- Russ Louch

Posted by: Russ Louch - Political Yak | July 14, 2006 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Oops... regarding my last comment, Schaefer's statement asked the Governor not to us his name, not his pic as I stated.

- Russ Louch

Posted by: Russ Louch - Political Yak | July 14, 2006 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The inter-party bickering above shows why it is important to put state and county above party and to vote Independently. We have the same problem in Montgomery County where Leggett and Silverman have put party above county. Since November of last year they have holding a party public relations tour called "debates." But they are too shy to debate someone who doesn't put party first for a County Executive seat that has no incumbent for the first time in twelve years. There are many issues they never bring up because their plan is to spend 22 months focusing on the l5% of the voters who will pick the party nominee and seven weeks on the other 85%. "Leggett and Silverman will not debate him and they made that clear to me," said Friendship Heights Village Manager Julian Mansfield in the Examiner yesterday.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | July 14, 2006 10:32 AM | Report abuse

the egyptian magician

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2006 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Also, just curious what makes you describe this as an attack ad?"

Simple, the subject of the ad is the opposing candidate, rather than campaign issues, future plans or past performance. It would take some serious partisan rationalization to find another way to classify the ad...

Posted by: Amacfarl | July 14, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is convinced by that kind of ad, I am frightened. Not because I like Ehrlich, I don't but why should I care who endorses him? Can't I read myself? It seems a pretty sad attempt at class warfare. People who play golf are rich evil people, vote Dem we hate golf clubs. I don't play golf, but there is nothing wrong with it.

Posted by: Brian B. | July 14, 2006 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Brian, I think the point has less to do with golf (which lots of democrats play - among them former President Clinton) than with Ehrlich's having played so much golf while doing so little for the State of Maryland. And I just love that Ehrlich's claiming credit for supporting stem cell research when he appointed people who oppose it under any circumstances to the commission that's supposed to hand out stem cell grants.

Posted by: MoCoPolitics | July 14, 2006 7:51 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Mr Ficker, this article is about an ad about the governor, not the Mont. County Executive race, this article is furthermore not a soapbox for certain county candidates to label a state race, a county race. The ad serves it's purpose should be taken seriously. While some may deem it an "attack ad" most Marylanders will view the ad as what it's intended to be, a description on what the Governor has clamied he has done, and the facts the prove what exactly he hasn't.

Posted by: nealzonwheelz | July 14, 2006 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Any more non-stories to bring to us? O'Malley can't run on his record so he has to change his approach to attack Ehrlich for having a quote in his video. Nice.

Posted by: Bryan | July 16, 2006 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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