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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 is running targeting the Republican incumbent? Those spots defend the Baltimore police department but also criticize Ehrlich for paroling criminals who later committed murder. After unveiling an "Action Plan for Maryland Families" yesterday, O'Malley was asked by a reporter about his "attack" ads.

"Ours are counter-attack ads, and there's a difference," O'Malley said. "When the governor says false and untrue things ... we need to stand up and defend the truth."

Speaking of ads, O'Malley has a new one in the Baltimore market featuring Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Howard County Executive James Robey defending O'Malley's record. Meanwhile, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, a health-care workers union, has started airing radio and television ads critical of Ehrlich.

By John Wagner  |  October 10, 2006; 10:22 AM ET
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The ad that features Robey and Smith is brilliant. Citizens relate very much to their local elected officials. The fact that both powerful County Execs stood up for O'Malley will resonate with a lot of voters who are currently on the fence.

Great ad overall.

Posted by: Robey and Smith | October 10, 2006 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Most telling is O'Malley's commercial touting the Soviet-style method of education administration by promising to freeze tuitions. Is anyone stupid enough to not realize that will lead to a near-immediate reduction in services at every affected college? And what colleges would be immune from this dictat?

Posted by: Rufus | October 10, 2006 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Da Guv froze tuition this year. Cant wait to heard you defend that.

Of course, it is an election year.

Posted by: Da Guv | October 10, 2006 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I like O'Malley/Brown but don't see many of their signs around MoCo. Where can I get one and why have they all disappeared since the primary?. Has someone been stealing all the O'Malley signs that were up on yards for the primary election?

Posted by: MoCo | October 10, 2006 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Call here - 410-814-4206

Or here - 301-340-8332

Posted by: MoCo | October 10, 2006 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Kevin Zeese campaign admits they are in this race to help Michael Steele. Story exposed above... Sorry to make unrelated comment, but just try'n to get the truth out there!

Posted by: Billy | October 10, 2006 10:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Someone said "Daily Kos" is a source for truth. Damn but that's just funny!

Posted by: Rufus | October 11, 2006 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Gotta run to Free Republic for my daily chat with the wingnuts.

Posted by: Rufus | October 11, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

C'mon... Soviet-style education administration? The very notion is really quite laughable. If you believe that the State's univeristy system is a communist body, then you already believe that State schools are the bogey-man liberal bootcamps that way far out there rightwingers say they are.

What you need to know about the state university system is this. "Buying" your education there is a lot like buying a car. Sure, politicians can go ahead and haggle over the price from year to year, or campaign to campaign. If you lower, or freeze, the tuition rate, the State, like a car dealer, is still gonna get it's money. Schools will just jack up the numerous fees imposed on students in adddition to tuition (e.g., room and board, student activities fees).

Not such a hard concept to grasp, and hardly Soviet-styled. Either way, the students get burned. Sure, some programs and services will get cut, but since when is that a new phenomenon? That's the ebb and flow of university budgets. More programs/services in the good years, and fewer in the lean years.

Wasn't it Ehrlich that fell in love with the notion of jacking user-fees to make users pay their share (and more) instead of the non-user? Tolls? Flush "Fees"? Driver Licensing? Vehicle Registration? How's the practical outcome of a tuition freeze any different?

Posted by: sheesh | October 11, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Yes, having the governor dicate eduction tuition is a perfect example of Soviet-style central administration. Sorry you slept through that part of your world history class.

Posted by: Rufus | October 11, 2006 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually, let me help you get your facts straight. The Governor -- ANY Governor -- can only put forth legislation to the MD House and Senate that would institute the freeze. It's the legislature that, by law, sets the tuition in Maryland. That ain't Soviet, that's democracy in action with checks and balances.

If you have a problem with the ability of the executive to deliver any type of legislative proposal to the legislature, then you have a problem with over 200 years of historical practice by State and Federal Government. Which is laughable. Because then you'd also have a big problem with GWB's routine and frequent push for eliminating estate taxes, instituting permanent tax cuts, and so on and so forth, but I'd bet that you actually love those proposals.

Maybe if you actually knew more about the way Maryland government works, you wouldn't be putting forth such foolish arguments. You don't actually expect anyone here to believe that the Governor of Maryland is a dictator - no matter which person of whatever political persuasion holds that office? Because that's in effect what you're saying.

In any case, Marylanders have seen this tuition movie before, and within the last 10-15 years when Schaefer and Spend-denning had similar issues on hand.

Posted by: sheesh | October 12, 2006 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Promising a blanket freeze on tuition is Soviet-style central planning. We don't need it.

How long is he going to keep the freeze in place? No, no mention there but the sheeple follow blindly.

I have a problem with a candidate making stupid promises that he knows he won't keep. Remember Stephanopolous admitting that Clinton had kept all the promises he intended to keep? Yeah, the Middle Class Tax Break was a lie from the get-go.

Only losers vote for Democrats.

Posted by: Rufus | October 13, 2006 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, there you have it. "Only losers vote for Democrats." With Maryland voters registered 2-to-1 as Democrats over Republicans, you've just handed down the most inexplicable insult to a firm majority of Maryland voters. I guess that's about all you can do when you can no longer see the merits of your own arguments. Typical GOP tactic. When faced with truth and hard facts, just smear the opposition. I'm sorry that your GOP talking points didn't work out well for you here.

Posted by: sheesh | October 13, 2006 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Rufus, I am a Reagan conservative. However our party has drifted far away from the glory days of the 80's. I agree making a promise you can't keep is a deadly political sin, one only needs to remember "read my lips, no new taxes" from GBush sr. COst him his election to Clinton.

Now, in MD, our GOP GUV has arrogantly ignored our party's mantra and past history. He PROMISED us to not raise taxes, three billion dollars later in new taxes, some of which he calls fees, he is getting drilled in this election. TOLLs, Flush tax, property tax, registration tax, college tuition increases...he is a part of the GOP we need to rid ourselves of and get back to basics. I will vote for O'Malley to send a message to the Bush wing Ehrlich types, don't take conservative votes for granted. Only losers tolerate frauds in our party.

Posted by: JB | October 17, 2006 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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