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Ehrlich chides O'Malley over reports of Northrop relocation to Virginia

John Wagner

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: In a statement, O'Malley called the decision "a win for the entire Greater Washington region" and congratulated Virginia.

"Maryland has one the most highly-skilled workforces in the country, and already employs more than 20,000 skilled Northup Grumman and Lockheed Martin employees," O'Malley said. "With today's announcement the region will not only gain new corporate-level jobs, but a number of the company's key subcontractors and suppliers."

Original post: Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) pounced on news reports Monday that Northrop Grumman has chosen Virginia over Maryland for its corporate headquarters, saying the defense giant's choice was "very disappointing but not the least bit surprising."

Ehrlich, who launched a rematch this month against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), has cast himself as the pro-business candidate in the race and accused Annapolis politicians of creating a hostile climate for companies considering Maryland

"The O'Malley administration has shown little to no understanding of what it will take to attract and retain employers or stabilize Maryland's economy," Ehrlich said in a statement. "The business of creating jobs is not a talking point for speeches. It's a governing philosophy - one that has been nonexistent in Maryland for four years."

In a statement, Ehrlich highlighted a sentence in a report by the Washington Business Journal that said Northrop's "decision to locate in Northern Virginia comes as no surprise to many observers, who felt the inclusion of Maryland on the short list was simply to serve as leverage in the economic development game."

Aides to O'Malley, who is set to announce his re-election bid Tuesday, countered by pointing to a quote in a recent Daily Record story in which Aris Melissaratos, secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development under Ehrlich, said he thought Maryland had "a shot in this."

An aide said O'Malley would be issuing a statement on the developments early Monday evening.

By John Wagner  |  April 26, 2010; 5:50 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Economic development, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Northrop Grumman, Robert Ehrlich  
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Leave it to Bob Ehrlich to use the loss of peoples's jobs as a way to score points on the campaign trail. True class Bobby...true class...

Posted by: unrest | April 26, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Darn! Ehrlich would have known what to do! Send his booze baked wife into the room with a shaker of "'tinis" and her golf skirt hiked up over her arse wearin' her cutest peds under her spikes.

The only jobs Ehrlich created were for caterers, bartenders and caddies. And remember, he gave the world Michael Steele, mentor to the Republican Young Eagles. You sure know how to pick 'em Bob.

Posted by: JackStar | April 26, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

HAHA! Blowhard Bob shot his mouth off too soon and now he gets to eat some crow. Boob, oops...I mean Bob, you were a dreadful governor. Do yourself a favor and go away quietly or you will get a spanking in November...again. MSP is not your personal spy agency, environmentalists are not the enemy, and it is not your right to fire state employees so you can replace them with those who like the flavor of your KoolAid.

Posted by: scubanut | April 26, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

To: unrest (first comment)--you can't lose jobs you never had.

Posted by: axolotl | April 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@axolotl- exactly what I wanted to say!

@unrest- Actually, Erlich is referring to your boy Omalley's losing these potential jobs by creating unfavorable conditions for job-creators in MD. Or do you have another explanation for why Northrup went for VA??

Posted by: kolya02 | April 26, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

kolya02: Another explanation for why Northrop went with VA is that MD was NEVER in any danger of getting more of Northrop's business. The bulk of the big executives are already in VA and Northrop owns lots of real estate in VA that is currently not occupied by tenants......for now.

Erlich just pounced on a opportunity to be negative. Surely you realize that.

Posted by: 4taz | April 26, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley's and his Union buddies anti-business policies continue to cost the Maryland tax payer. Way to go Dems.

Posted by: cheverly1 | April 27, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Maryland and DC had no chance to bag NG. They were used as leverage to squeeze more taxpayer funded concessions out of Virginia. Nothing OMalley could've done would have made a differnce. NG wants to be right next door to their cash cow, the Pentagon.

Posted by: VikingRider | April 27, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

While Ehrlich may be taking the negative road, O'Malley is taking the delusional road.

How is this a win for the "greater Washington region"? I assume he means Maryland suburbs. Has O'Malley ever sat in traffic on 495? You can bet those 6 figure Northrop Grumman jobs won't include communters from Maryland. Why would anyone bother?

Posted by: Digitalman08 | April 27, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Bob Ehrlich will tell you what you want to hear. He'd probably disown his kids if he could get his chauffeur and honorary golf memberships back.

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 27, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

VikingRider hits it.

In case you've missed the exodus of cars leaving Maryland going to Virginia every morning -- Virginia has the jobs.

Posted by: RedBird27 | April 28, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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