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