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Md. Democrats highlight Ehrlich appearance in Abramoff movie

John Wagner

It's hardly a surprise that Democrats would trot out the ties between imprisoned super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). But few expected to hear about it quite so early in this year's rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

The impetus is "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," an acclaimed documentary about Abramoff's fall from grace opening in theaters Friday. Toward the end, the trailer includes an ever-so-briefly-seen snapshot of Abramoff attending a Hanukkah party in Annapolis while Ehrlich was governor.

"It shouldn't have been a surprise that Ehrlich turned up in the movie's trailer, grinning ear to ear with Abramoff," the Maryland Democratic Party said gleefully in a news release Thursday, which also noted that Ehrlich previously received $16,000 in campaign contributions from Abramoff and his wife and that a former Ehrlich aide testified as part of the scandal.

Ehrlich laughed off the release as "goofy" during a campaign stop Thursday in Baltimore, where he visited a plastic manufacturer as part an effort to highlight struggling businesses.

"When you're unable to sell or market your candidate, you get desperate early," Ehrlich told reporters. "If there was any doubt coming out of the gate, now everybody knows."

Ehrlich said that if there were anything damaging about his ties to Abramoff, "they would have found it last time."

By John Wagner  |  May 6, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Reid, Daschle, Gephardt, Murray, Dorgan, and (Patrick) Kennedy all received tons of money from Abramoff. Dorgan even got to use Abramoff's suite at the then-MCI Center to host a fundraiser at a Washington Capitals game. Jack Abramoff had a photo with nearly every politician in Washington in the 90s and it is silly to suggest that means they're all tainted. Martin O'Malley won't call all of the above Democrats tainted or will he?

Posted by: h20andoil | May 7, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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