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Ehrlich Says Thank You

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In an open letter to Marylanders today, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) thanked the state's citizens for "an incredible ride" in politics.

Ehrlich, who was defeated last week by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D), will leave office in January after 20 years as a state delegate, congressman and governor. Ehrlich has said in recent radio interviews that he is unlikely to seek elected office again.

"The exact number of parades, bull roast, conventions, Eagle Scout ceremonies, house parties, town meetings and speaking engagements I participated in during this time is difficult to calculate," Ehrlich wrote. "Yet, through it all, I was received with a degree of warmth and respect rarely observed in this era of cynical politics. For this, I am most grateful to the citizens of this great state."

By John Wagner  |  November 14, 2006; 3:07 PM ET
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whatever Bob. Don't let the door hit your corrupt behind on the way out. Are you going to visit your buddy Jack?

Posted by: MD4BUSH | November 15, 2006 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The Governor carried a majority of the counties, but not a plurality. However people want to spin it, the Governor elect did not get a regional manadate. He will now have to prove that he can be the governor of all of the citizens of the state and not just Baltimore and Montgomery.

Posted by: Chris | November 15, 2006 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"Corrupt"?- Give me a break.

By all accounts Ehrlich has done a fine job of cleaning up the fiscal mess that was the Glendenning era. It just so happens that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Democrats: 1, 2 or 3 percentage point election victories hardly spells mandate. O'Malley might have had 800,000 votes but he also had 700,000+ votes against him.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who claim that O'Malley's victory isn't a mandate--even though he bested Ehrlich by over 100,000 votes, while carrying the Democractic jurisdictions and even won Charles, Howard, and Ehrlich's home county, Baltimore--just keep in mind that O'Malley's victory was a much greater margin than Ehrlich's in 2002, which I'm sure you all thought was a mandate. So how can you rightfully claim O'Malley doesn't have the support of Marylanders? Double-standards from the right-wingers.

Posted by: ??? | November 15, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"The Governor carried a majority of the counties, but not a plurality."

Here we go again. Land mass doesn't vote, people do.

By Chris' standard, Ehrlich received a mandate in defeat.

BTW, the whole mandate thing is a crock anyway. The winner establishes his "mandate" through his actions.

That was a classy farewell from the Gov.. It is a pity that his campaign couldn't have been more classy during this past election season.

Finally, does anyone really believe Bobby won't run again for some state office?

Posted by: howie | November 15, 2006 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich's done in elected politics. He's admitted that the state is not aligned with his politics. He tries to spin it that the state moved away from him, but, come on, 2002 was an abberation. He had the luck of running against a weak candidate in a good year for Republicans. He's going to cash with a law firm in Baltimore or Annapolis and spend his days playing golf.

Here's hoping he's able to lower his handicap and staying far away from the halls of lawmaking.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 15, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey MD4BUSH, why don't you post some more rumors about O'Malley?

I hear his wife's a go-er. You know, she really goes.

Posted by: Rufus | November 16, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

The Governor should have also thanked those bus loads of homeless men his and Steele's campaigns brought down from Philadelphia. Those guys worked hard.

Posted by: Terry in Maryland | November 16, 2006 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Hey Terry, speaking of work hard, I hope you are willing to do exactly that 'cause O'Malley needs MORE of YOUR tax money.

Posted by: Rufus | November 16, 2006 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"...O'Malley needs MORE of YOUR tax money..."

Hopefully not, but he might to fill the $400 million hole Ehrlich just papered over.

Bob's already tapped the "user fees" about as far as one can.

Posted by: howie | November 16, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your insightful opinion Howie.

I'm sure O'Malley plans to give those "user fees" back, right? Not on your Dem voting life.

Posted by: BG from PG | November 16, 2006 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I bet "BG from PG" really isn't from PG.

Posted by: You're a faker | November 20, 2006 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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