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Ehrlich delivers spirited address to Md. GOP

John Wagner

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) urged party activists Saturday to help Republicans "become relevant power players in Annapolis" during an appearance at the state GOP convention in Ocean City.

Ehrlich, who is engaged in a rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), used his luncheon address both to offer encouragement to the party as a whole and to tout his own candidacy.

As he has on the campaign trail, Ehrlich argued that Maryland's business climate has soured under O'Malley because of higher sales and corporate tax rates and overzealous regulators. Ehrlich said he has heard from business owners that regulators who used to be fair "now want to pound me."

"Most business people want to do the right thing," Ehrlich said. "You as governor set a tone. It's not just policy. It's a tone."

Ehrlich also continued to mock O'Malley for calling it a victory for the Washington region when Northrop Grumman recently decided to relocate its corporate headquarters to Virginia instead of Maryland.

"When the Yankees won the World Series last year, did the New York Times present it as a win for the American League?" Ehrlich asked.

Brian Murphy, Ehrlich's lesser-known rival for the GOP nomination, is also attending the statewide party convention but was not given a speaking slot.

Ryan Mahoney, a Maryland Republican Party spokesman, said Ehrlich was invited to speak as a former governor before he announced his intention to run again. Once Ehrlich announced, Mahoney said, party leaders decided not to rescind the invitation.

By John Wagner  |  May 1, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Northrop Grumman, Robert Ehrlich  
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Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 1, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

While Ehrlich is motivating the Republican, real work has been done by O'Malley in making sure businesses are regulated to benefit people. It's good that Maryland has higher taxes than Virginia, because Virginia could sure use higher taxes to cover costs of universities. Northrop Grumman locating to northern Virginia is a victory to Washington, D.C. and its suburbs because that corporation isn't going to have headquarters in Maryland and Washington, D.C. when one location is needed. Ehrlich is being vague when he's using the word, overzealous, to describe the business environment in that state.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 1, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

If Bob Ehrlich has been so concerned about the business climate in Maryland, why didn't he communicate with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce over the last four years? Why didn't he talk to the Greater Baltimore Committee? Why didn't he suggest any ideas or participate in anything pro-business over the last four years?

And one more thing: how does Bob Ehrlich keep his wig on in the wind? Doe he have snaps or something?

Posted by: jim85 | May 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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