Ehrlich delivers spirited address to Md. GOP
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.
May 1, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections , John Wagner | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Northrop Grumman, Robert Ehrlich
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