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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 for support.

Some of Duncan's toughest words against O'Malley in the primary are reprised in a television ad that debuted yesterday in the Washington market.

Featured are several newspaper quotes by Duncan sizing up O'Malley's commitment to education.

Among them: "O'Malley placed education last, as opposed to putting it first." "Education is not a priority for him." And O'Malley "has ignored the schools, and we're seeing the results of that today."

The Ehrlich campaign is moving ahead with the ad despite a letter from Duncan on Friday.

"As you know, I support Martin O'Malley, your opponent," Duncan wrote. "To use my image, video or words to persuade citizens to vote for you would be improper -- and beneath your office. I trust you will take the steps necessary to prevent this from happening."

Word of the ad drew protest from the O'Malley campaign. "Doug Duncan is a true public servant and a good Democrat, and the mayor is honored to have his support," said O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese .

But Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver said public comments Duncan made are fair game.

"It's the case of the Doug Duncans: one that gives an accurate account of the void of leadership under the O'Malley administration and the other who is a loyal Democrat who feels an obligation to support the ticket," DeLeaver said.

John Wagner

By Phyllis Jordan  |  October 30, 2006; 7:23 AM ET
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The posting does illustrate a certain hypocrisy that is common to both Democrats and Republicans. During contested primaries candidates say no end of negative things about their opponents in the same party, but once the primary is over they want to disown those comments. To some that is just "good sportsmanship" and party loyalty, but to me it has the flavor of dishonesty. Bipartisan dishonesty

Posted by: Pepe le Moco | October 30, 2006 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Bob's desperate. Post has him down 10 with just over a week to go. He'll do 'whatever it takes to win'.

The fat lady is all warmed up and ready to step on the stage.

Posted by: Desperate Bob | October 30, 2006 9:35 AM | Report abuse

So typical of Bobby Hairspray !
Watch what he does with the latest "most dangerous cities" report out today.
Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
Get the cardboard boxes ready, Bobby adn call John Kane's movers to help with the packing.

Posted by: jmsbh | October 30, 2006 9:53 AM | Report abuse

This is why so many of us Dems. chided Duncun for going so negative in the primary. However, its rotten of Ehrlich to use his words without permission and I think its time for Doug to unleash on Ehrlich the same venom he proved he was so good at in the primary. Time to make amends now Doug. Loudly and strongly. Don't just say that your thoughts about the Governor would be unprintable, let them roar.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I was amazed at how rude Michael Steele was in the NBC Russert debate. He regularly interrupted Ben Cardin and talked over him. Just plain rude and disrepectful. It made his look weak and nasty.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The facts are that O'Malley has a an embarassing record as Mayor is Baltimore. Even the Dmeocrats know it and can't defend him. There is nothing wrong with taking PUBLIC comments and using them in a campaign ad. I know the Democrats in MD want to lie about Bob Ehrlich's record, but now they want to hide their own candidates record. Sad, very sad.

Posted by: Marc | October 30, 2006 11:12 AM | Report abuse

oh Marc,

Democrats are not lying about Ehrlich's can't lie about something that doesn't exist. He has accomplished nothing and is losing. As a result, he is lying about O'Malley's success in Baltimore (acknowledge and detailed by the WPost and Baltsun) in order to deflect attention away from the Guv's failures. It's sad that you actually believe what Bobby says.

Posted by: Baltimore voter | October 30, 2006 11:46 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley will make a mediocre Governor just like he has made a mediocre Mayor of Bmore. Both him and Ehrlich are basically nonentities and have no futures beyond small-time, narrow minded Md squabbling/politics.

Posted by: tom | October 30, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm not making the connection here.

If the comments were truthful and fair game in Duncan's bid for Governor, why are they not for Ehrlich's? Next we'll hear that those words were used on one of Doug's down days, when the clinical depression (yeah right) was getting the best of him. They can't be true. Or can they?

Posted by: BG from PG | October 30, 2006 12:53 PM | Report abuse

BG: You're very silly. The comments may be true, but the protocol is to ask for permission to use them.

The fact that Ehrlich neither asked for permission nor stopped using the words when asked to do so just shows how desperate he is.

Doesn't matter, in a week Ehrlich will be swept from office -- a one-term accidental governor.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | October 30, 2006 1:00 PM | Report abuse

RE: Louden Voter

Could you please point me to the protocol manual for end of campaign advertising tactics and accurate use of someone's public statements from an op-ed in one of the country's largest newspapers?

I googled and everything and I can't seem to find ANYTHING indicating what is appropriate protocol for quoting an op-ed.

If the statements were taken out of context, that may be one thing, but this is taken straight from an op-ed that Duncan wrote criticizing O'Malley's record as mayor.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Louden voter, it just seems unethical and wrong to use Duncun's words without permission. He's not a candidate now and as a private citizen I don't think he is fair game for for an opportunistic Gov. Ehrlich. These Republicans just don't seem to have any manners. Mr. Steele kept interrupting and talking over Mr. Cardin yesterday. Grade of F for manners and civility. All kidding aside, civility really is important don't you think?

Posted by: Ms. Manners | October 30, 2006 4:35 PM | Report abuse

We see all the ads up here, as we get DC and Baltimore media. Seems to me Ehrlich is getting worked and outworked by O'Malley. When I look at their daily schedules, I see O'Malley is all over. Ehrlich goes to one event a day, close to home. Now I see O'Malley is in Frostburg on Wednesday,his campaign called my house tonight. Ehrlich hasn't been here all summer or fall. Up here we don't care about these beltway ads, we care about someone who shows we are not forgotten. Not sure who I am voting for, but I am going to be at Frostburg on Wednesday to hear O'Malley. Would like to hear Guv, but won't get the chance. Up here work ethic counts, one guy seems to have it.

Posted by: Western MD Voter | October 30, 2006 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Is this what America has come to. I know Mayor O'Malley and he certainly believes in good education. Some of these Republicans should be jailed for slander.

Posted by: Michael Sherlock | October 30, 2006 7:16 PM | Report abuse

What about the press reports about rumors that O'Malley has cheated on his wife, O'Malley held a press conference to vehemently deny this, has O'Malley's denial ever been substantiated or is this just out there all left hanging or waz this all just a smear campaign by Ehrlich??

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 7:44 PM | Report abuse

New Rasmussen poll out showing O'Malley up by just 3 points now 50 to 47, which is within the margin of error. It's a statistical dead heat, Ehrlich should be able to close it down and finish O'Malley off this week. He has millions to spend still and a surprise or 2 left. I can't wait.

Posted by: New Poll | October 30, 2006 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Ehrlich's got the momentum, he should win this, especially because the black turnout in Balto City will be far below historic levels and there are bound to be all sorts of polling problems.

Posted by: ron | October 30, 2006 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich is a tremendously well financed candidate. He is an incumbent. He has a decent favorability rating in all polls. He should be up 10. However, he is not. He is not because he has been out worked in this race. He is not bc this is a majority democratic state with a talented dem candidate on the ballot. He is not bc the national GOP is a disgrace.

Posters, like the State GOP, are now reduced to celebrating a 500 person Rasmussen poll that shows Mayor with 50 percent of vote and a 3 pt lead as momentum? HE SHOULD BE WINNING, HE IS THE INCUMBENT AND IS GETTING DRILLED.

Remember, undecideds break to challenger. Remember, this time last race Ehrlich had a 2 pt lead, won by 4, even after kkt got both Sun and post endorsements. Count on supression efforts in AA community to win this race? Please. Writing is on the wall...27 st polls show same thing, Ehrlich in real trouble. He has no momentum and no stomach to campaign, thus no chance.

Posted by: Really? | October 30, 2006 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Just checked Rasmussen site, O'Malley is at 50 to Ehrlich's 45. Poster here is adding leaners to Ehrlich's total to get this race to three. Rasmussen is not doing that in their report. Three weeks ago Race was O'Malley 50, Ehrlich 44. Ehrlich's ads are clearly not moving the numbers, not sure how you can read stagnent poll numbers as momentum. The race is firm. Don't believe me, go to the Rasmussen site for yourself. This poll was a one day poll ending the day Post Poll, which was twice the sample ended. Post has O'Malley up 10. Either way, 5 or 10 this is anything but a deadheat.

Posted by: Fact | October 30, 2006 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Although there doesn't seem to be any mention of it on the Post today, Michael Steele was endorsed by Wayne Curry and several current Prince George's County school board members. This will have a huge impact of course. Now the question is whether this will boost the Gov's numbers as well.

Posted by: Rufus | October 31, 2006 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I found the article after all. I wonder how Matt Mosk will try to spin this to make Steele look bad?

Posted by: Rufus | October 31, 2006 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Turns out electorate in a democratic stronghold, PG. Ehrlich camp is pulling its hair out, Steele's recent efforts may help him but will kill Guv. AA voters who vote for Steele despite war support, abortion view will do so to increase divirsity in Senate, hoping Steele comes back to base. Those same voters won't cast a vote for Ehrlich-Cox Divirsity is Bunk ticket.

Posted by: Double edged sword | October 31, 2006 8:54 AM | Report abuse

What about the press reports about rumors that O'Malley has cheated on his wife, O'Malley held a press conference to vehemently deny this, has O'Malley's denial ever been substantiated or is this just out there all left hanging or waz this all just a smear campaign by Ehrlich??
The voters of Maryland have a right to know the truth. Either the rumors of O'Malley's infidelity are true or Ehrlich smeared him. Why doesn't some enterprising reporter bring this all to closure this week before the election so we don't have to revisit it all in 2010.

Posted by: concerned MD voter | October 31, 2006 6:12 PM | Report abuse


Governor Ehrlich likes to visit Asia the most. His Macau connections and his China sojourns show that "there is more to the story."

While Maryland voters are tuned in, what about checking on Bob Ehrlich's China visit as Governor and also as a Congressman?

Just scan his foreign travel itineraries. Who accompanied him? Why did he change hotels in the city of Xian abandoning Maryland's first lady Kendel in the original hotel booked for him?

The House page directory could give you some clues including the role played by a Chinese resort and gambling kingpin. Looks like Foley gate, Bobgate is waiting to be exposed in Maryland.

Posted by: Merlin | October 31, 2006 9:08 PM | Report abuse

To concerned MD voter, the rumors were actually spread by a Democrat operative who posted as MD4BUSH on several conservative web sites. When an Ehrlich staffer noted these, the O'Malley camp claimed it was a Republican orchestrated smear campaign.

O'Malley doesn't have the character to be an animal control officer.

Posted by: Rufus | November 1, 2006 10:12 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: thanks rufus | November 1, 2006 11:11 AM | Report abuse

O'Malley's an incompetent dirtball, and now all of Maryland knows.

Posted by: A1Ron | November 1, 2006 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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