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Ehrlich says he'll air TV ads when he's ready

Monster Diesel.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) gave no indication Wednesday about when his campaign would join the advertising war, saying "that is a call that will not be dictated to us."

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) launched his first television ad of the campaign Monday, touting his fiscal leadership in a spot called "Tough Choices" that is airing in the Baltimore market. O'Malley previously had put up several negative radio ads on Baltimore area and Eastern Shore stations.

"The general rule is you don't want the opposition to be up a long time, but these ads are the object of scorn," Ehrlich said. "We could have been on the air weeks ago if we wanted to."

Ehrlich made his comments to reporters after a visit to a small Baltimore County business that sells Monster Diesel, a fuel additive that promises increased engine power, lower emissions and a host of other benefits.

The 10-employee business, which out-sources the manufacturing of its product to a Pittsburgh-area company, is considering establishing a production plant in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore.

"I want those jobs here," Ehrlich told two company representatives as reporters looked on.

After the meeting broke up, Ehrlich talked about campaign advertising, fundraising and a wide range of other topics, including his affinity for the country band Sugarland.

Ehrlich said that money is not dictating his advertising decisions, calling his fundraising "very steady, very solid."

The first campaign finance reports since January are due Aug. 17. As of January, Ehrlich had only about $150,000 in a campaign account he had kept open since his 2006 loss to O'Malley. The Democratic incumbent had about $5.7 million on hand.

Ehrlich said his efforts have been helped by recent polls showing a close race, as well as national pundits upgrading the chances of a Republican victory in Maryland.

"That stuff just translates into dollars," Ehrlich said. "Some people who have been on the sidelines are going to get into the game."

In response to questions, Ehrlich said his campaign has not received money from the Republican Governors Association but that he expects the group to invest in the state. He also dismissed a question about whether his running mate, Mary D. Kane, planned to invest her money into the campaign, saying it was "not relevant."

By John Wagner  |  July 14, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
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Ugh...not looking forward to seeing Mr. Tribble hair on the screen...and Bob, I would say that whether or not your campaign is going to profit from Mrs. Kane's allegedly partially-ill gotten gains is relevant.

Posted by: unrest | July 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Ehrlich is a real person, unlike O'Malley. Bob has my vote and my financial support all the way.

Send O'Moron packing like you did KKT in 2002 (thank goodness)!!!

Posted by: Digitalman08 | July 14, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Money matters because it shows one is willing to stand behind whomever they support. And, based on numbers alone, methinks that 150000 vs 5700000 isn't even close. Actually, now that I think about it, 5.7M is roughly the number of people living in the state. A $1 per person contribution.

Posted by: thelongblueline | July 15, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Money matters because it shows one is willing to stand behind whomever they support. And, based on numbers alone, methinks that 150000 vs 5700000 isn't even close. Actually, now that I think about it, 5.7M is roughly the number of people living in the state. A $1 per person contribution.

Posted by: thelongblueline | July 15, 2010 5:09 AM | Report abuse

kane is not going to throw any of her own money down the drain on this election.
ehrlich lost before and is going to lose again.

america knows what the tea party is all about by now, and even Reid in Nevada is going to win.
the republican/tea party scam has run out of steam.

The slate of republican candidates running across the state in maryland is very weak this time out. That is really going to hurt erhlich at the polls and ultimately will be the cause of his loss this time I'm predicting.
you can survey all the voters you want now, and ask them who they like, but the less candidates on the ballot to get excited about, the less chance they will bother voting.
Elections are won by getting people to go out and vote. And that is something the republicans are going to fail at this time around.

erhlich isnt going to spend money on tv now, because he doesnt have it to spend.
his lack of funds is further evidence that even the republican governors association has little faith in him either and would rather spend their cash on those republicans with a chance at winning.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

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