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Ehrlich seeks to blunt O'Malley crime drop claims

John Wagner

The applause had barely died down at Gov. Martin O'Malley's event Monday before his Republican rival sought to discredit the governor's claims of crime-fighting progress.

"We have miles to go in reducing the awful toll of violence in our state," former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said in a statement. "When we do make headway, it's the police officers and sheriff's deputies and corrections officers who deserve the credit."

Ehrlich was reacting to an event in Prince George's County at which O'Malley (D) -- flanked by law enforcement officers and facing a bank of television cameras -- touted figures showing crime at its lowest level in Maryland since the current method of tracking by the FBI began in 1975.

Ehrlich countered by pointing to figures from a CQ Press report showing that Maryland ranked eighth highest in the country in violent crime.

"Ranking among the eight most violent crime-ridden states is not 'progress,'" Ehrlich said in his statement, adding: "The most successful anti-crime program any governor can offer is a revitalized economy. I am confident that my plan for more jobs, lower taxes, and less government spending will not only create economic growth but also give our citizens the safer neighborhoods they deserve."

By John Wagner  |  May 10, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Robert Ehrlich  
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Ehrlich is a joke. This is good news for Maryland but clearly a lot more still needs to be done. Ehrlich needs to shut up and stop being so negative about everything. So let's get this straight, he celebrates Northrop Grumann moving to Virginia because it helps with his made up political line that Maryland is bad for business and now he celebrates crime. It's clear that O'Malley is working to make Maryland better and Ehrlich is hoping the state fails.

Posted by: InformedMarylander | May 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr Clariol needs to account for why crime was so much higher during his administration, rather than carp about why it's falling under O'Malley. Nice try, former Gov A_slich.

Posted by: B-rod | May 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If MD wants to reduce crime make it easier for law-abiding citizens to obtain concealed weapons permits!

Posted by: meadmkr | May 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

So let's try to follow Bobby Hairspray's own logic, shall we?
He acknowledges that crime is down.OK.
And that by lowering taxes, boosting the economy and less government spending we will have less crime. But isn't that what he is claiming Maryland had when he was governor? Less spending, lower taxes and a better economy ? But we still had higher crime rates? How does that woirk Bobby ? I think he has sniffed too much of that hairspray he uses. This retread is the best the Maryland GOP has ?

Posted by: jmsbh | May 10, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Marylanders get what they deserve.

Posted by: hc2254 | May 10, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich can't debate the facts so he has to spin them. Perhaps he can bus in some more homeless folks from Philadelphia to pass out misleading flyers, just as he did in 2006. Steele was part of this shameless exercise, too. Good riddance to them both.

Posted by: karlanne1 | May 10, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

In order for crime to decrease in Maryland, all violent predators have to be incarcerated upon conviction, and Maryland must stop accommodating illegal aliens.

The governor needs to make the State Police, State Corrections and the Department of Natural Resources, 287g compliant. Maryland must work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement,and not against them.

The governor will need to pressure all the counties to do the same.

Posted by: | May 10, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

In case you all forgot, our state and country are still ruled by law, not the gun. We don't need concealed weapons in Maryland. Now, if you want to go to the extremes, why not allow citizens to carry swords and axes? That way, to kill someone, you have to get up close and personnel. Anyone can shoot a gun, it takes real skill and courage to wield a blade.

Posted by: VikingRider | May 10, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

vikingrider sounds like someone who wants me to call the police as i wake up and see someone in my house raping myh wife. or, squeal for the police like he will when he goes down the wrong street and a bunch of hood rats attack his candy fat arse. we dont need no guns, we would be afraid and get our little panties in a knot. country ruled by law???? MD has just about the highest crime rate and lowest safety rate in the nation but you are ruled by law. well, yes except for the few million criminals that are not.

== be sure to get up close and personnel!

Posted by: pervleft | May 10, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone can shoot a gun, it takes real skill and courage to wield a blade.

No moonbat, anyone cannot. Like you for instance. IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING about guns you would know that almost all gun fights, police and citizens protecting themselves and their families happen within a few feet so you can see their eyes. == you can get up close and personnel with a gun.

It takes skill to wield a blade?? you take the knife, open it if needed, thrust forward, slash. NEVER TAKE A KNIFE TO A GUNFIGHT MOONBAT!

Posted by: pervleft | May 10, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich to blunt crime drop claims? What is e going to do, start a crime spree. It is what it is, Bobby. What a shallow man. What vats do they brew these sorts in?

Posted by: Towards_Light | May 10, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Bob Ehrlich sure does have short term memory loss. I guess he doesn't remember that crime (all crime) was worse during his administration, and when it was worse, he was saying the same thing: "all the credit goes to the police and sheriffs." AKA..."its not my problem!"

And as for the spending, Bob Ehrlich really is out of touch!! Take a look at this article that came out today:

I guess its easy to whitewash the picture when you're sippin lemonade at the country club.

Posted by: jim85 | May 10, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

If you're so hot to carry a concealed weapon, just move to effing Virginia. We're all safer in MD without you.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | May 10, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

O'Malley is not above cooking the books on crime stats. Remember the dispute fraudulent Baltimore crime stats. Or did you O'Malley supporters forget that.

Posted by: cheverly1 | May 11, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Part of the reduction in crime comes from having Ehrlich out of office.
As long as he isnt governor, he can't have the state police illegally spying on poltical groups he opposed like the anti-death penalty group he had infiltrated.
And its also been a while since he illegally paid poll workers on election day and bussed in homeless people from Philly.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 11, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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