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Ehrlich confirms plans to host radio show until July

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Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) confirmed plans Saturday to continue his weekly radio show until July, when he becomes an official candidate for governor again.

Ehrlich is scheduled to kick off his 2010 campaign Wednesday but is not required to file with the Board of Elections until July 6.

Speaking on the WBAL talk show he co-hosts with his wife, Ehrlich said he wants to maintain the program's current format -- which focuses on federal as well as state issues -- and not let it become central to his rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

"We want to maintain the format that's kept the show so successful," Ehrlich told his listeners. "We do not want this to devolve into a 'We love Bob,' 'We love Martin' cycle."

Those "ground rules," as Ehrlich put it, were not entirely upheld during the remainder of Saturday morning's two-hour show.

"Clearly, we need you back," said the show's first guest, House Minority Whip Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington).

"I want to put your biggest sign allowed by law on my lawn," said a caller named Scott.

"I will be there Wednesday," said a caller who identified herself as Jenny. "I want to work for your campaign. I really do."

"I offer you my lawn as well," said another called named Larry.

Ehrlich also took a call from a nurse named Mike who said he is a Democrat and has supported Ehrlich in the past but was turned off when Ehrlich and other Republicans opposed the new federal health-care law.

"I think you shouldn't support me," Ehrlich told Mike. "You should support the person with whom you agree."

O'Malley has been a vocal supporter of the legislation.

By John Wagner  |  April 3, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
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Bad move if you like talk radio because proponents of reinacting the fairness doctrine are going to view Bobby as poster child for the cause: the arrogance of announcing to the public you are running for high office, but then saying you aren't going to file the papers until July so you can have all to yourself a 50,000 watt campaign platform for several more months.

Posted by: Wayne6 | April 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be 1998, not 2002.

Posted by: MDforResults | April 3, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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