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Ehrlich criticizes timing of O'Malley trip to Iraq

Kbob.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is gearing up to run again, on Saturday knocked Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for the timing of a trip he has taken to Iraq.

Ehrlich, speaking on the weekly radio show he co-hosts with his wife, said governors should stay in state capitals during legislative sessions.

"It's a decision I would not make," Ehrlich told his listeners on Baltimore's WBAL.

"Could it not have been done in mid-April?" asked Kendel Ehrlich, referring to the end of Maryland's 90-day session.

O'Malley aides acknowledged Friday that the timing of the trip is not ideal, but they attributed it to the Department of Defense, which is sponsoring the trip. O'Malley's two-day visit is part of an ongoing series of visits by governors.

O'Malley Iraq-thumb.jpgSpeaking to Maryland-based reporters Friday on a conference call from Iraq, O'Malley said: "When your turn comes up and the Secretary of Defense asks you to go, I think it's incumbent upon every governor if at all possible to go and make sure the troops know how much we appreciate what they do and how much we support them."

On Saturday afternoon, O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said the former governor had "reached a new low" in seeking press attention.

"Had the Ehrlichs actually read a newspaper this morning, they probably would have learned that the governor's trip to Iraq was timed by the Pentagon and not at our choosing," Adamec said. "It is sponsored, staffed and paid for by the Department of Defense. Had Mr. Ehrlich bothered to notice while he was governor that there are actually veterans that live in Maryland, he might have a better understanding of how these things work."

-- John Wagner

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 27, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Maryland Governor, Robert Ehrlich  
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What difference would reading the newspaper have made? Repukes don't concern themselves with facts, anyhow, and Ehrlich would make up some self-serving lie, the way the rest of his party does about anything and everything.

Posted by: daweeni | February 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The US Department of Defense set the timing by inviting state Governors. Maryland has troops in Iraq. Take note of Ehrlich's interest in the sacrifices they make every day.
The greatest hypocracy of this is the suggestion that Ehrlich would be at home working on a legislative agenda. He never had a legislative agenda and ended up attempting to veto his own legislative perogatives.

Posted by: ericwashdc | February 27, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich's beef is with the Department of Defense. See that? EHRLICH IS ANTI-MILITARY!!! ;)

Really, Bobby. If you were governor, you would have gone, too. It's a couple of days; the budget process is deliberate, not a race against time like a disaster. You've been whining for over three years now. Quit being such a baby.

Posted by: beetsnotbeats | February 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Bob Ehrlich is a classless low-life. The stated mission of the trip was to visit with troops serving in Iraq. Of course he would have gone had he been in office at whatever time the Defense Dept scheduled the trip and his wife would have grandstanded about how great it was he went. They're both jokes. I'm sure the parents of those serving in Iraq don't look at it as poor timing. From the reports, troops asked the Governor if he could call their parents to let them know they are doing well, because after all, isn't that what it's all about? This isn't about politics, it's about leadership. But I don't think Ehrlich has a clue what that is. Thank you Governor O'Malley for supporting our troops and visiting them.

Posted by: Adam27 | February 27, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I have little use for O'Malley.

I have no use for Ehrlich and I voted for the SOB.

Posted by: mdpilot | February 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"Bob Ehrlich is a classless low-life"

I don't know if that's true or not, I tend to think most politicians fall into that mold.

However, O'Malley is unpardonably stupid and moronic. He would screw up a 1 car funeral. He would break an anvil. He makes you wish we had Spiro Agnew as governor again.

We've had some pretty bad governors. O'Malley scrapes the bottom.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 27, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Come on, now that the Governor has solved the problems of unemployment and the deficit, he is entitled to a little trip.

Posted by: robinficker | February 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Why is the federal govt paying for state governors to go to Iraq, anyway? If O'Money wants to support the troops, he can go to BWI and buy a dinner or two for the troops headed to Iraq or Afgahnistan, shake hands with them and wish them a safe return.

The governors have no business going to Iraq, and the federal govt has no business paying for their trips.

What a waste of the taxpayers' money.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 27, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley has to go!!! He chooses to put illegal aliens before the tax paying citizens of OUR State!!! The illegals cost the tax payers of Md. 1.4 Billion dollars per year and he does nothing to stop it!! ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT!! NOT AMNESTY!!

Posted by: Klimax | February 28, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Why is the government funding trips for governors to Iraq in the first place? O'Malley should have turned the trip down to work on behalf of veterans who are citizens of MD here at home. I can't wait until his term is over.

Posted by: loved1 | February 28, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, Bob! Thanks for a reminder why the clear majority of Maryland voters decided they didn't want you to serve a second term as governor -- a loss spread nearly double the spread by which you were elected. Your criticism of this trip shows that you are simply incapable of turning off from campaign mode. The trip is the chief executive officer of the state honoring the men and women serving our country. That you'd use it as an opportunity to take a swipe at a political opponent is shameless. Check your extensive polling data -- this is not what the voters are looking for in 2010.

Posted by: MDforResults | February 28, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

please, all he has to do is wave the flag and call ehrlich a f.hag or something.

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Posted by: gitkonlyyou | February 28, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Bobby Slick prefers to travel for free on corporate helicopters provided by his major political backers. Let's talk about that, shall we?

By the way, Bobby... Moe called; he wants his haircut back.

Posted by: member8 | March 1, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The trip to Iraq aside. How stupid are you Dems look a condition of this state. That idiot O'Malley has turned the state into a larger version of Baltimore. You can't blame the Ehrlich or Bush. O'Malley did this on his own. I challenge anyone of you to defend O'Malley handling for the Maryland economy. The dems in this sate are so blind they would vote for David Duke if he had a D next to his name.

Posted by: cheverly1 | March 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that a former Gov. attacks a sitting Gov for visiting citizen soldiers in a combat zone.

If the Former Gov. wants to address real problems with Maryland National Guard, then research the number of soldiers that are not accounted for on the rolls. Many will turn up as unaccounted.

Also, how many Inspector General complaints were logged in 2007/08 during a significant Maryland NG deployed to Iraq?

Who was held accountable?

To the other readers, these are your sons and daughters. I can say from experience, Maryland “leadership” failed and will continue to fail unless significant changes are made.

Posted by: jgh30561994 | March 1, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

This sitting Governor was against the war
when he was running for election, he is quoted as saying he does not support it in any way.
" so he changed his mind"
He wanted a free trip, he's worked hard to screw Maryland up, let him take a break, alittle R & R..
If this State does not wake up & clean house this coming election and bring in ALL new people, than I feel sorry for your children, let alone us.
Maryland has become a huge Baltimore City.

Posted by: tmullaney111 | March 4, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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