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Ehrlich to address tea party rally in Westminster

Ehrlich head turned.jpgFormer governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans to address a tea party rally Thursday night in Westminster, and his wife, Kendel, will be appearing at two others, he said.

Ehrlich, who is engaged in a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said he plans to talk about taxes, health care and the federal cap-and-trade bill, among other things.

There are at least a dozen tea party rallies scheduled in Maryland Thursday. Ehrlich is traveling north to attend one in one of the most Republican counties in the state.

"The tea party movement is fascinating ... for those of us in the business," Ehrlich told reporters. "I'm still getting my arms around it, as you all are."

Ehrlich acknowledged that there is dissatisfaction with Republican leaders on the part of some in the tea party movement, which he said is "by definition, leaderless."

Ehrlich said his wife is attending a rally in Towson, as well as one other, which he could not immediately recall. "She was all dressed up this morning, I can tell you that," Ehrlich said.

Ehrlich's comments to reporters followed a round-table meeting in Annapolis with more than a dozen small-business owners.

Many expressed concerns about the impact of unemployment insurance taxes and a 2007 increase in the state sales tax. Ehrlich has made repeal of that increase a central theme of his campaign.

Ehrlich urged the small-business owners to get more involved in the legislative process in Maryland regardless of whether he wins in November.

"Obviously it's the middle of a campaign ... but it's not just about politics here," he said.

By John Wagner  |  April 15, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
 | Tags: Health care, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Republican, Robert Ehrlich, Sales tax, Small business  
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Tea Party leaders only disavow violence to stay out of jail, but everything they say is to incite partisan terrorism.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 15, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"The tea party movement is fascinating ... for those of us in the business," Ehrlich told reporters. "I'm still getting my arms around it, as you all are."

what's not to understand? its bankrolled by republican billionaire koch of koch industries. it has republican activists like sal russo setting up rallies and cross country bus trips. If not for the supreme court gutting campaign finance reform, the tea baggers would have to go on record as simply being part of the republican party. the republicans use the tea party brand name to hide their shameful record of the bush years.
how can ehrlich not get his arms around this? is he really that fricking stupid?

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 15, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The GOP always talks about small business during election years. Then, when in office it's all about big business.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 15, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Independent and have been one well over 20 years (long before it became popular). I'm also African American. I voted for Erlich in his last two gubenatorial campaigns. I was hoping his campaign for governor would bring some balance to the out-of-whack overly liberal and fiscally irresponsible democratic dominance of Maryland. But if he goes "Tea Party" I'm going to have to cut him loose.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | April 15, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The poor Tea Party. They must be very confused. Bob Ehrlich raised property taxes. Bob Ehrlich raised income taxes. Bob Ehrlich created the flush tax.

Maybe Bob Ehrlich and the Tea Party are getting along over their mutual dislike of minorities.

Posted by: hamsandwich | April 15, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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