O'Malley dismisses 'negativity' of Ehrlich's Iraq criticism
Over the weekend, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is gearing up for a rematch with O'Malley, questioned the timing of the trip, saying he would not have left the capital during the middle of the 90-day legislative session.
"I support our troops, whenever I can, wherever I can," O'Malley told reporters following an event at which he read to first graders at a library in Annapolis. "I make no apology for that."
Ehrlich's comments were broadcast Saturday on the weekly radio show he co-hosts on Baltimore's WBAL with his wife, Kendel. "It's a decision I would not make," Ehrlich said.
O'Malley traveled to Iraq as part of a Pentagon-sponsored series of visits for governors. Aides say the timing of the trip was determined the U.S. Department of Defense, which covered its cost.
In a separate interview Monday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), an Army reservist who served in Iraq, called Ehrlich's comments "irresponsible."
"As a soldier who's been to Iraq, it's somewhat insulting," Brown said.
Ehrlich is expected to announce a rematch with O'Malley later this month.
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