With Ehrlich in, O'Malley declines to handicap race
In the long run-up to Tuesday's confirmation of his candidacy, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has been remarkably candid about his thoughts on this year's political environment and how it affects his chances.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took just the opposite approach Wednesday, telling reporters that he would "leave the handicapping to others."
"In these times, when the challenges are so enormous, it's not a time to stand around with your finger in the air," O'Malley told reporters who caught up with him outside a lunch meeting in Prince George's County.
"I'm looking forward to a debate about the hard work and tough decisions we need to make as a people," O'Malley said in his first public remarks since Ehrlich confirmed plans to announce his bid next week. "Our state has made a lot of progress, even in the toughest of times."
O'Malley ticked off several accomplishments during his term, including the No. 1 ranking of Maryland's schools by Education Week magazine, a four-year freeze on public university tuition and the expansion of subsidized health benefits.
O'Malley's remarks followed an appearance before the Andrews Business & Community Alliance, a group that focuses on issues related to Andrews Air Force Base and the surrounding community.
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