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Ehrlich chides O'Malley for creating business panel

John Wagner

In the Maryland governor's race, there may not be enough good ideas to go around.

In a news release that raised some eyebrows Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced that he has signed an executive order creating a 26-member Governor's Commission on Small Business, a panel that will help "identify barriers to assist small business development in our state."

The announcement comes just days before former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is set to unveil his policy proposals for improving the small-business climate in Maryland. Ehrlich has spent the opening weeks of his comeback campaign largely focused on that issue and is scheduled to present his plans Monday.

"At some point, they're going to have to get some of their own ideas," Ehrlich said Thursday after an event in Baltimore, where an aide showed the former governor a copy of the O'Malley news release on his BlackBerry.

"It's four years too late," Ehrlich said to a reporter standing nearby.

An O'Malley aide later countered that it is Ehrlich who is late to the game.

"They can try to make an issue out of this," said O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese, "but this is not a new issue, and the governor has been leading the charge since he was elected."

The formation of a small-business commission was among the recommendations of a small-business task force that presented its recommendations to O'Malley in December.

Asked why O'Malley had waited until June to sign the executive order, Abbruzzese said the governor had tackled several other issues important to the small-business community during this year's legislative session. Those included a new tax credit for creating jobs and relief from rising unemployment insurance rates, Abbruzzese said.

By John Wagner  |  June 3, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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God Ehrlich is annoying. 4 years too late? Bob, you are 4 years too late....remember when you had your assed kicked? Give it up!!!

Posted by: hamsandwich | June 3, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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