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Ehrlich: Currie indictment won't factor into governor's race

Ehrlich hand.jpgFormer Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said Thursday that he does not think the indictment of Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) on bribery will factor into the governor's race and said he does not intend to make it an issue.

Ehrlich declined to comment on the merits of Currie's case, saying "he'll have his day in court."

But Ehrlich, who is trying to win his job back from Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said he had a "positive" working relationship during his administration with Currie, the chairman of the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

"We have had a good relationship in the past with Senator Currie," Ehrlich told reporters after a campaign stop in Baltimore.

Currie's committee handled Ehrlich's budget proposals, as well as slot-machine gambling legislation, which Ehrlich pushed.

During the campaign, Ehrlich has sought to portray Democrats in Annapolis as out of control on tax and spending policies, but he has not targeted Currie by name.

Wednesday's federal indictment charges that Currie took more than $245,000 in bribes to use his position and influence to do favors for a grocery chain.

By John Wagner  |  September 2, 2010; 10:29 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Posted by: member8 | September 2, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I beg to differ with Mr. Ehrlich.

Currie's situation reflects the overall environment in Annapolis. We've all become accustomed to one party rule, to the point where this soon to be felon (Currie-D) runs unopposed for his seat. This unchecked one party General Assembly fosters cronyism and corruption. Currie's only mistake was getting caught.

Thank goodness Thomas V. Mike Miller has set the record straight by saying Currie is a "man of faith and intergrity"....Integrity, Annapolis style.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | September 2, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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