Ehrlich re-emerges and hits O'Malley on jobs
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) stayed out of public view on Tuesday, as Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) launched his re-election bid. On Wednesday, Ehrlich climbed back into the ring and came out swinging.
Appearing on "The C4 Show" on Baltimore's WBAL radio, Ehrlich accused O'Malley of discovering job creation as an election-year issue and criticized the current governor's failure to lure Northrop Grumman's headquarters to Maryland.
"You don't come around to it every four years and say, 'I'm for jobs,'" Ehrlich told radio host Clarence M. Mitchell IV.
This week, O'Malley said Northrop Grumman's decision to move its corporate headquarters to Northern Virginia was "a win for the entire Greater Washington region."
"With due respect to the governor," Ehrlich said Wednesday, "he's not governor of the region. ... Virginia won. We lost. End of discussion."
Ehrlich also sent out a fundraising solicitation Wednesday mocking O'Malley's frequent use of the word "progress" to describe what has happened to the state under his leadership. The solicitation says, for example, that unemployment in Maryland has doubled since 2006 and that more than 230,000 Marylanders are currently looking for a job and unable to find one.
"Marylanders cannot afford four more years of Governor O'Malley's 'Progress,'" Ehrlich says in the solicitation.
Ehrlich will try to build upon that theme Thursday morning with a planned stop at E&G Classics, an automotive restyling company in Columbia. "Ehrlich will meet with E&G Classics employees to discuss the company and whether 'progress' is being made in Maryland's economy," says a campaign advisory.
April 28, 2010; 2:27 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner | Tags: Clarence M. Mitchell, Martin O'Malley, Northrop Grumman, Robert Ehrlich, WBAL
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