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Ehrlich re-emerges and hits O'Malley on jobs

John Wagner

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.

By John Wagner  |  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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ehrlich may of forgotten the horrible job he did as governor and the mess he left for o'malley, but i haven't and hopefully enough marylanders won't either.
ehrlich did nothing but run up spending to help his connected friends while using government resources to spy on poetry readings by anti-death penalty groups.
ehrlich wont be able to bus in enough homeless people from philly to win this time either.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The real reason for bobby haircut's trip to the custom shop is to get some new rims for his golf cart...campaigning is just his excuse...the only jobs he created was that xtra caddy they had to hire out at the country club...

Posted by: unrest | April 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The CEO of Constellation Energy called Northrop Grumman on Maryland's behalf; Sen. Mikulski spoke up on Maryland's behalf; as did many others. Did Mr.Ehrlich call NG on behalf of Maryland? Did he do anything on Maryland's behalf to entice NG to move to Maryland? Or did want Maryland to fail because of Politics. What did you do to entice NG to move to Maryland Mr. Ehrlich?

Posted by: fc8guy | April 28, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yea bob, did you call NG? I don't think so. Have you done anything for Maryland at all lately? I don't think so. Forget about lately, have you done anything for Maryland in the last four years, something even as simple as helping a community group or serving on a board of MD foundation or anything? I don't think so. The only person you've been looking out for is yourself, oh, and your corporate clients from your lobbying firm.

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 28, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr. Sandwich, he has had that wonderfully informative radio show. I bet he does that as a public service and donates his pay to charity...not!!! I wonder how many rounds of golf that show has paid for???

Posted by: unrest | April 28, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Well its clear that the enticement efforts made by Martin O'Malley and Barb Mikulski really helped persuade the NG Execs to move to Maryland. It is true that unemployment has doubled under O'Malley and it is true that O'Malley and the Democrat legislators have made zero legislative efforts to welcome businesses into Maryland. Lets not forget the 2007 Special Session when Democrat legislators pushed through an array of tax increases including an --- 18% increase in the corporate income tax rate

Posted by: bill4liberty | April 29, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I guess the NG people are lying about why they chose Virginia then?

Northrop Grumman wooed to Virginia by real estate, not dollars

Read more: Northrop Grumman wooed to Virginia by real estate, not dollars - Baltimore Business Journal:

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 29, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

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