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Keeping track of Ehrlich


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had a tracker moment of his own yesterday -- though nothing comparable to that of Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) a few weeks ago.

Following a gubernatorial forum with his Democratic challenger, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Ehrlich (R) held court with the press. At one point, the governor pointed out a young man with a video camera trained on him. The tracker, Ehrlich told reporters, was with O'Malley's campaign.

"He's been following us," Ehrlich said. "How long? How long have you been following us? For months?"

The tracker did not answer.

"He's trained not to answer," Ehrlich continued. "But we give this man lunch every day. Sometimes he takes it, sometimes he doesn't. He's good guy. We're going to find him legitimate employment right after this election."

The tracker would identify himself to the press only as Brian.

It turns out, though, that O'Malley is not paying him. The Maryland Democratic Party is.

"Yeah, that's our guy," said Derek Walker, the party's executive director. "He's up to what every other campaign is up to."

By John Wagner  |  September 15, 2006; 10:41 AM ET
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Once again this is not news! This is a nice little anecdote that reporters charm neophytes with at the bar. But nothing close to the kind of information a blog about Maryland politics is supposed to carry.

We have hundreds of races here in Maryland, and now that the primaries are over with, you can concentrate on the two parties candidates. The big news will be whether or not Maryland will stay the bastion of Democratic allegience its been over the last 50 years or will the Governor expand on his previous victory. This should make from every swing race important enough for comment on this blog.

These races are going to be the story in November and over the next 4 years as they will tell where Maryland is going politically. If Erhlich is re-elected but gains no seats, we'll know its just his personal charm and not a shifting political landscape. But if O'Malley wins and Dems gain more seats, it will be a rebuke of the GOP in Maryland.

These are the weighty matters that should be covered on this blog. So please throw us a bone that we can chew on, not fluff that is only tangentally relevent.

So please Washington Post, we only come to you because you should have the resources and political acumen and clout to break the real stories first with the most indepth analysis.

Posted by: RCD | September 15, 2006 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if any one has illegally obtained Gov. Ehrlich's credit report in the same manner that Senator Schumer's staff obtained Michael Steele's?

Posted by: Rufus | September 15, 2006 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Mayor O'Malley is a poopie head.

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2006 4:14 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of things to criticize O'Malley for ... and if you're going to make up lies about him, you might want to go with one that isn't quite so absurdly obvious.

Posted by: Why lie? | September 15, 2006 4:36 PM | Report abuse

They feed him lunch and he accepts it, now that is classic!

Posted by: Bryan | September 15, 2006 11:04 PM | Report abuse

If one wants to run, one can not hide. The electoral process is now very open. Ehrlich has to get used to being watched.

Posted by: Sol | September 16, 2006 1:15 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious that the Silverman campaign had someone tracking Leggett in the Montgomery
County Executive race. How else would they have come up with a 94 page booklet showing where Leggett had spoken out of both sides of his mouth. Now the former Democratic party chairman, who resigned from the county council after he became bored after l6 years, is calling himself independent.
Yet the media has crowned Leggett the next county executive even though only 33% of the county's Democrats voted in the primary and even though he got the votes of only ll%, yes only ll% of all the voters.
Leggett sat on the council for l6 years while traffic doubled. He sat on the council for l6 years while affordable housing evaporated. He sat there for l6 long years while local income and property taxes escalataed. He sat there (pause) for l6 years (pause) while kids test scores went anywhere but up. Don't we need some fresh ideas in Montgomery County?

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | September 16, 2006 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Some people believe in free speech, so long as it is their own. In a number of areas of Montgomery County winning the Democratic Primary is tantamount to winning the general election. So it was not surprising to see the candidate signs taken down after the primary. Election night there was obviously a coordinated Democratic effort to take down the signs of Democratic candidates in much of Montgomery County. The problem is that there was also an obviously coordinated effort to take down my signs the same night too -- and it is continuing. I have over l,000 sign locations on homeowner's yards with homeowner's permission on main drags in Montgomery. Because homeowners want the property tax relief they know they will get from me rather than the property tax increases they will get from Leggett.
The only way I know how to stop this obvious political strategy of sign removal is to exercise my right of free speech which so many over the years have died to give me. So I'll offer five Bens that is five Ben Franklins to anybody giving me information leading to the arrest of the thief or thieves and ten Bens for information leading to the arrest of any general election candidate involved. Ben knew his right to free speach when he was alive. I've read his bio and know about Poor Richard's Almanac. Let's see if he can still talk today.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | September 16, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I bet it was the same guys who painted the swashtikas on our Sick of Traffic? signs.

Posted by: Silverman was better | September 16, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Robin, don't you ever get tired of claiming that your repeated failures are due to conspiracies against you? Is that the only way you can make yourself feel important? When you lose overwhelmingly in the general election, what excuse then? Two days before the primary you posted on this blog saying Leggett would "loose"; that says a lot about your accuracy, your repeated lying, and your spelling.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | September 16, 2006 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Robin Ficker is accusing other people of breaking the rules? That's prett nervy for somebody who was convicted of battery and malicious destruction of property after he punched a woman who was pregnant, breaking her glasses. Robin rear-ended her vehicle and then began screaming at her when she tried to talk to him. You can get the details by googling "Ficker" and "Caroline Goldman". That incident took place many years after Ficker was dismissed from West Point for disciplinary reasons, and at about the same time his law license was suspended for ethical violations. Of course, Ficker says those were all the result of conspiracies against him. Sad.

Posted by: Robbing Flicker | September 16, 2006 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Ficker posts signs with the property owners' permissions during long days of door-to-door campaigning. A blogger who suggested otherwise (in a different thread) was wrong.

The persistence he brings to the campaign process is sound evidence he'll work tirelessly to serve Montgomery County residents as the county's next executive.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2006 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Ficker's "persistence" is more likely evidence that he simply craves attention like a child who misbehaves in order to get noticed. The only thing Ficker is interested in serving is his own ego.

Posted by: Pepe le moco | September 16, 2006 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Ficker obviously reads this blog regularly. I guess he isn't even going to deny the facts about his past misbehavior. He'll "lie low" on the blog for a little while, and then he'll just "lie". Robin?

Posted by: Robbing Flicker | September 16, 2006 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you ask the Democratic nominee for States Attorney McCarthy who has been an attorney in that office. I was exonerated in a one day jury trial by a jury which included a pregnant woman. The defense was at my expense. The accuser was looking for money and called all the press to make her phoney claims on a day when my father died at Holy Cross Hospital. Then after the trial, after seeking all the publicity, she turned down an invitation, which I accepted to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Leggett and his campaign team keep repeating the lie that I was convicted in the hope that by using the tactics of Hitler (if you say something often enough people will believe it) they can smear me. Go look at the records at Circuit Court. That is if you can break away from stealing my signs which are placed on homeowner's yards. Most of Leggett's signs were illegally placed in the right of way and median strips. Keep taking signs, I know as a defense attorney that most thieves keep it up till they are caught.

Posted by: Robin Ficker Independent for Montgomery County Executive | September 16, 2006 8:13 PM | Report abuse

You were convicted. I did look it up. And if the woman you punched was just seeking publicity, why did she turn down a TV appearance? Let me guess; another conspiracy? She jumped in front of your fist? And now you're equating anyone who tells the truth about you with Hitler? Maybe you should just give us a list of the people who AREN'T conspiring against you. That would save us a lot of time.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | September 17, 2006 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we ask the Post and the editor of this blog to post the facts concerning Robin Ficker's past behavior. That includes his trial, his dismissal from West Point, the suspension of his law license, his antics at basketball games, etc. You aren't afraid, are you Robin? Or will you just say the Post is conspiring against you because you're SO important?

Posted by: Pepe le moco | September 17, 2006 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Leave Ficker alone, Pepe Le Moco. He hasn't done anything to hurt you.

Back to the topic at hand...What is it with politicians now calling out trackers? Does that make them the bigger man or something?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2006 3:23 AM | Report abuse

Where is the Washington Post coverage of this race? After at least twenty articles before the primary which in effect said that Leggett had no general election competition Leggett was able roll up a massive vote of ll% of the electorate
In today's paper on page C4 the paper reveals its general election strategy, for coverage------"Leggett will face two republicans in the November general election." You can start by running a correction. Why is the paper trying to dictate a choice? Why is there no discussion of the issues? Why is there no discussion of Leggett's strategy to place his signs in median strips and roadways and tear down Ficker's Property Tax Relief signs on homeowner's yards? Over one hundred on Georgia Avenue yards alone were stolen on election night. Why is there no discussion of Leggett's attempts to convince the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to forget their announced plans to hold a county executive debate?

Posted by: Reader | September 17, 2006 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I'll take that as a "yes"; Ficker is afraid of having people know the truth about his past misbehavior. Old Robin loves to "dish it out", but he can't take it. He runs and hides, posting allegations of conspiracies by the Post under pseudonyms. Robin, why were you kicked out of West Point? What about your conviction for battery and malicious destruction of property for hitting a pregnant woman and breaking her glasses? What about the suspension of your law license for violating ethical rules? No comment, Robin?

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | September 17, 2006 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Can we elevate this conversation to the broader issue of Maryland politics?

Posted by: Phyllis Jordan | September 17, 2006 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The blogger above refers to Robin Ficker as "old." He has more energy than any man I know. Tell you what. I'd be glad to sponsor a bike race between Ficker and Leggett on the Crescent trail from Bethesda to Key Bridge and back. To promote physical fitness and the idea I saw in one of Ficker's ads to double county spending on bike paths. The loser drops out of the race. Surely "energetic" Leggett could beat "old" Robin couldn't he?

Posted by: Angel | September 17, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Jordan, I think you'll find the only time I go "off topic' in my postings on this blog is when I am responding to Robin Ficker's lies and distortions. I'm happy to keep my mouth shut until and unless Mr. Ficker starts up again. Thanks very much.

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | September 17, 2006 4:35 PM | Report abuse

It would appear that an honest man could make some serious pocket money for himself by providing surveillance on Mr. Ficker's campaign signs.

Posted by: Rufus | September 18, 2006 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Ficker has done some great campaigns to keep taxes down. He also made some stupid decisions in terms of the pregnant lady and defending people against DUIs. Either way, they are irrelevant to the discussion at hand.

Does O'Malley's follower trail Ehrlich and wait outside the Gov's mansion all night? Do they ever shoot footage of Ehrlich's kids?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 18, 2006 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich should track O'Malley around the clock. I believe such a tracker would document very compelling footage of Mr. O'Malley plundering City funds and then citing Governor Ehrlich as the culprit.

Posted by: Leroy | September 20, 2006 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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