Archive: October 2006

Steele Democrats

On Sunday, Meet the Press host Tim Russert grilled Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele about his bumper sticker proclaiming "Steele Democrat." On Monday, Steele showed him what he meant, rolling out endorsements from former Prince George's County executive Wayne Curry,...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 31, 2006; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (65)

Both Candidates Turn To Duncan

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan appeared at a rally yesterday backing his erstwhile opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. But another erstwhile opponent, Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was also turning to Duncan...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 30, 2006; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (27)

Who's Watching Those Ads?

Among the discouraging news for Republican candidates in The Washington Post poll that showed Democrats leading are a couple of questions that go to the core of the advertising campaigns Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Senate candidate Michael S....

By Phyllis Jordan | October 29, 2006; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (14)

Family Ties on Stem Cell

Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele has tapped his little sister to answer his Democratic opponent's widely discussed commercial on stem cell research that features actor Michael J. Fox showing overt signs of Parkinson's disease. In a television ad...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 28, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (17)

Purple Haze

Think fast: What is the route of Metro's proposed Purple Line? It's a question that Republican Michael S. Steele posed in a bid to pivot the U.S. Senate race onto metro Washington issues, territory where he as lieutenant governor and...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 27, 2006; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (53)

Boyd on the air, having "huge impact"

Does the name Ed Boyd ring a bell? The Green Party candidate for governor has kept a decidedly lower profile this election season than his counterpart in the U.S. Senate race, Kevin Zeese. But in a meandering press release from...

By John Wagner | October 26, 2006; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (18)

Gansler Gets Perez Treatment

Less than two weeks before election day, and after nearly 140,000 absentee ballots have been sent out, a judge is pondering whether the Democrats' attorney general candidate can remain on the ballot. Doug Gansler, who holds substantial leads in polls...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 26, 2006; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Post Endorses Ehrlich

For all those Maryland Moment bloggers who say the Post never endorses a Republican...check this out . The Post this morning endorsed GOP Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for reelection, crediting him with successes in transportation, the environment and education...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 25, 2006; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hannity & Steele

While former president Bill Clinton was raising campaign cash for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin in the past week, the GOP nominee, Michael S. Steele , was getting help from some of the bigger names in Republican politics....

By Phyllis Jordan | October 25, 2006; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (7)

"No Excuse" Voting

The Republican National Committee joined the crowd encouraging Maryland voters to cast their ballots absentee with an e-mail sent today complete with sites linking GOP voters to ballot applications. "Maryland has made it easy for you to make your voice...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 24, 2006; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (9)

Stem Cell and the Senate--Limbaugh Weighs In

The camera is still. It's the actor who is moving in a jittery fashion. Michael J. Fox, fighting a well-publicized battle with Parkinson's disease, is lending his halting but powerful voice to the U.S. campaign of Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin,...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 24, 2006; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Israel and the Maryland Senate Race

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) reached out to Jewish voters in Maryland's most populous jurisdiction yesterday, highlighting his support for Israel and opposition to the war in Iraq as the race for Maryland's open U.S. Senate seat entered its final...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 23, 2006; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Baltimore Bashing

So much for those state tourism ads luring people to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and other attractions. The latest television commercial, launched yesterday by the Republican Governors Association, portrays Baltimore in a 30-second tableau of urban decay that declares Maryland's largest...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 21, 2006; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's Paying for Those Anti-Ehrlich Ads?

The ads began appearing two weeks ago, declaring that Gov. Bob Ehrlich was running Maryland in the same way that President Bush was running America. Those are fighting words in heavily Democratic Maryland, but they weren't coming from Ehrlich's opponent,...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 20, 2006; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Choice Words

Hot-button social issues have largely remained a dormant element of the U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland this year, even though the two candidates have sharply divergent views on abortion, gay marriage and the death penalty. . But that's starting...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 19, 2006; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Iron Mike on Mike Steele

Boxing champ Iron Mike Tyson spoke out for his friend Michael Steele this week in an interview with The Post. The story is in today's Metro section. Tyson spoke by telephone from a hotel room in Youngstown, Ohio, where he's...

By | October 18, 2006; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Slavishly" Remark Stirs Steele

House Minority Whip and longtime Maryland congressman Steny H. Hoyer drew criticism from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and a black church group yesterday for his description of the Republican Senate candidate as "slavishly" following the GOP. The remarks came...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 18, 2006; 4:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wooing the Black Vote

With three weeks until election day, Maryland candidates are drawing on some high-profile names in a bid to draw support from African-American voters, a key voting bloc. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, the Democratic challenger for governor, has a new radio...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 17, 2006; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (25)

So Who Won?

After spending weeks accusing one another of ducking debates, Maryland's two leading gubernatorial candidates debated twice yesterday. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley met in the afternoon in the studios of WJZ-TV in Baltimore and again...

By John Wagner | October 13, 2006; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (41)

Volunteer Volley

Maryland Democrats gleefully pointed yesterday to e-mail from the Republican Governors Association that identifies six states to which the organization is sending volunteers because contests there are "going down to the wire." Maryland, where polls continue to show Baltimore Mayor...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 12, 2006; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (14)

Steele, Bush in Montgomery--But Not Together

Democratic Party Chairman Terry Lierman poked fun at Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele yesterday for being "so petrified" of being seen with President Bush that they tend to "schedule out of town fundraising jaunts"...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 11, 2006; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (15)

Attack or Counter-Attack?

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley was quite critical yesterday of the attack ads that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has been running in Baltimore. The latest raise questions about policing in the Democratic challenger's city. But what about the ads O'Malley...

By John Wagner | October 10, 2006; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (14)

Another Shot at Democratic Unity

Pretty much everyone who was anyone in Maryland state Democratic politics made his or her way to the banquet hall at the Camelot of Upper Marlboro in Prince George's for the county party's unity breakfast yesterday. Among the big names...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 10, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (4)

Ehrlich's Running Mate Choice

The rather long-winded question that came to Gov. Robert L.Ehrlich Jr. on the "Politics Program with Mark Plotkin" on Washington Post Radio boiled down to whether his lieutenant governor candidate, Kristen Cox, was qualified to be governor and whether...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 6, 2006; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (19)

A Saturday Not-Live Debate

After much posturing by their respective camps, Maryland's two leading gubernatorial candidates agreed yesterday to participate in a debate held hosted by a Baltimore television station. But viewers won't get to see it until a couple of days after it...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 5, 2006; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (46)

Replacing Ruben

Nevermind that the general election is still six weeks away. The jockeying is well underway to fill the footsteps of outgoing Sen. Ida G. Ruben. Ruben (D-Dist. 20) campaigned for re-election in the September primary by touting her leadership roles:...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 5, 2006; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Ads Amplify Debate

Even before last night's U.S. Senate debate in Baltimore, Republican Michael Steele and Democrat Ben Cardin were slugging it out on the airwaves with two new campaign ads. Steele's ad accuses Cardin of "trash" politics and portrays him as a...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 4, 2006; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich Knocks Independent Ads

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) complains about a so-called 527 group trying to link him to President Bush in a new fundraising solicitation sent by email. "Former O'Malley aide attacks my campaign," says the subject field. That is a...

By John Wagner | October 3, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley and Cardin Ahead, but Races Tighter

Five weeks before the November election, new polls conducted for the McClatchy Newspapers and MSNBC show Maryland's Democratic nominees for governor and U.S. Senate leading their Republican opponents but by smaller margins than other polls have shown.. In the Senate...

By Ann Marimow | October 2, 2006; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Puppy Love

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, it seems, can't go anywhere these days without being asked about that puppy. You know, the black-and-white Boston terrier that stars in his U.S. Senate campaign commercials -- and in the Democratic response ad...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 1, 2006; 6:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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