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Ehrlich stays out of view as O'Malley begins campaign

John Wagner

As Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) launched his reelection bid Tuesday, his most high-profile opponent, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), stayed out of sight, observing what his campaign described as "a long-standing tradition of not seeking to trample on his opponent's announcement day."

O'Malley held a well-attended press availability in Annapolis when Ehrlich announced earlier this month and became a prominent part of many news stories on the day.

Ehrlich was not entirely silent Tuesday, however, issuing the following statement:

"I welcome Governor O'Malley to the campaign. The citizens of Maryland -- particularly the 230,000 Marylanders who are currently unable to find work -- deserve a clear choice in this election. I look forward to a vigorous exchange of ideas with the governor on who has the vision required to help revitalize our economy, lower Maryland's tax burden, and fix the budget mess in Annapolis."

By John Wagner  |  April 27, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Robert Ehrlich, Robert L. Ehrlich  
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How is Ehrlich going to be able to afford to lower Maryland's tax burden? The only thing he's offered so far in this campaign is a policy proposal is to increase funding for the University of Maryland's Agricultural Program. He's hoping they can develop a hardier species of Bermuda Grass so his golf season doesn't end in October.

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I wish Ehrlich would stay out of view permanently...someone should get him a membership at the nicest country club somewhere in Arizona...we would never see him again!

Posted by: unrest | April 28, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

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