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Ehrlich urges 'major' turnout for Annapolis march

Bob and Kendel.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) used his Saturday morning radio program to promote a defiant march on Annapolis on Wednesday, the opening day of the 2010 legislative session.

"This is your night," Ehrlich, who is contemplating a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), told his listeners on WBAL radio in Baltimore. "I want to encourage a major, major presence. I want to encourage the largest crowd ever in Annapolis, Maryland."

On its Web site, the Maryland chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the organizers of the march, encourage people to "come to Annapolis and send a message to your elected officials: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" The group claims that O'Malley's "fiscal mismanagement is astounding."

A representative of Americans for Prosperity who appeared on the radio show, which Ehrlich co-hosts weekly with his wife, Kendel, said organizers are expecting 500 to 1,000 people.

"That's not good enough," Ehrlich said, suggesting that he would like to see "a couple of thousand, minimum."

"If you're frustrated, show up," Kendel Ehrlich said.

Bob Ehrlich and event organizers said Wednesday's march is a nonpartisan event. No elected officials from either party are scheduled to speak, which Ehrlich said "is a good call."

Ehrlich has said he is weighing another bid for governor but has given no timetable for announcing a decision. In recent fundraising letters, O'Malley has treated Ehrlich as though he is running.

By John Wagner  |  January 9, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
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The first rule of crowd building is to never forecast a numerical amount.

That way your projection can't be used as a metric of simple success or failure.

Posted by: tcs1999 | January 9, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich not only did not set aside any money for an economic downturn he literally spent Maryland's rainy day fund and damage Maryland's formerly AAA bond rating. Screw Ehrlich - he is a friend of George Bush and responsible for America's economic collapse enacting Reagan's disastrous economic and fiscal policies in Maryland.

Posted by: countmyvote | January 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

If I want to tuition at the University of Maryland to increase another 40%, I will vote for Ehrlich.

Ehrlich raised fees sky high and pretended he was not raising taxes. Who is he kidding?

We know who you are. We need somebody who fights for the middle class and gives our children a hand up instead of keeping them out of college.

Posted by: Hellmut | January 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I'll bring the tin foil hats!

Posted by: dboz1970 | January 11, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

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