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Ehrlich on O'Malley campaign ad: "shockingly false"

Eric Rich

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) devoted the first part of his weekly radio show Saturday to denouncing a new radio ad in which Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) seeks to portray him as an agent of Big Oil.

"Even for a campaign ad, this is shockingly false," Ehrlich said at the outset of "The Kendel and Bob Ehrlich" show on Baltimore's WBAL. O'Malley's ad is "obviously clearly out of bounds," Ehrlich said.

"I think people are offended by it," Kendel Ehrlich told listeners.

The O'Malley campaign, meanwhile, has posted an entry on its blog in an effort to justify claims made in the ad, dubbed "Drill Baby, Drill." The ad seeks to tar Ehrlich with the lobbying activities of his law firm and his votes as a member of Congress, before becoming governor in 2003.

Ehrlich's criticism of the ad Saturday echoed comments he made Friday to fellow WBAL host Ron Smith. Ehrlich told Smith he thought the ad would backfire, causing him to rise in the polls.

Ehrlich also released a video on Friday in which he objects to the ad and claims it is an attempt to distract voters from other important issues.

By John Wagner  |  June 19, 2010; 7:59 PM ET
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Comments

2010 O'Malley campaign strategy: "let's throw crap at a wall and see if anything sticks."

Ehrlich was negative in 2006. O'Malley is blasphemous in 2010.

Posted by: chesapeaketerp | June 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line and truth is that Ehrlich is a corporate lobbyist, whose firm has represented big oil. If Ehrlich was afraid of criticism for such a role, he shouldn't have taken the job at Womble Carlyle. What this has to do with Maryland, I'm not sure. Except for the point that Ehrlich doesn't care about Maryland, just "making lots of money."

Posted by: hamsandwich | June 20, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This ad is a new low, even for the O'Malley campaign. I'm curious as to if and when the Post and the Sun will call O'Malley out on it.

Posted by: MDHistoryDog | June 21, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

This ad is a new low, even for the O'Malley campaign. I'm curious as to if and when the Post and the Sun will call O'Malley out on it.

Posted by: MDHistoryDog | June 21, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Lets stick to matters concerning Marylanders like the incorporating of MD. government jobs thru contracts and the continuation of the Ehrlich practice with underqualified appointees.

Posted by: tobmore | June 21, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The Gentleman doth protest too much!

Considering it's Bobby speaking in the ad, it's kinda hard to call it "shockingly false."

I do agree with tobmore that's there's enough red meat from Ehrlich's time as Governor to use, but you gotta admit that it was a funny ad.

Posted by: vmi98mom | June 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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