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Ehrlich prefers Campbell as comptroller candidate

John Wagner

11: 45 a.m.: The original post has been updated.

William H. Campbell, one of three Republicans running for comptroller in Maryland, has landed the endorsement of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

In a statement Thursday, Ehrlich, who is trying to regain his old job, said he needs "a partner who will work with me to eliminate wasteful spending and make sure taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and effectively."

The comptroller is Maryland's chief tax collector and also serves with the governor and state treasurer on the three-member Board of Public Works, which has far-reaching authority over state contracts and the budget when the legislature is not in session.

Campbell, a Howard County resident, has served stints as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Coast Guard and Amtrak.

"He has the experience and ability to put Maryland back on a sold financial footing," Ehrlich said in his endorsement statement.

Campbell faces Armand F. Girard of Baltimore and Brendan Madigan of Baltimore County in the Sept. 14 GOP primary for comptroller. The winner faces an uphill battle in November against the incumbent Democrat, Peter Franchot, who has no primary opposition.

Madigan took a swipe at Ehrlich following the announcement of his endorsement, calling it "an acknowledgement of Ehrlich's intention to continue the old ways of Annapolis."

"It has been no secret during this campaign that I have criticized both Democrats and Republicans in Annapolis, who have increased the size of government through reckless spending and taxation, and Bob Ehrlich has been no exception," Madigan said in a statement.

By John Wagner  |  September 3, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
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how much is erhlich paying you to ommit any reference to his opposition in the race for republican nomination?

Ehrlich isn't running for his "old job back" just yet. First he still has to win the primary election and thats far from a done deal.
Just look at the Alaskan upset in their republican primary. A Palin endorsement in a republican primary can be the difference between winning and losing, and thats another contest erhlich has already lost.

Im seeing more Murphy signs up where I live then ehrlich.

I wouldn't be surprized if maryland has an upset win like alaska.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

i don't see Ehrlich losing the primary but you never know. I do see Murphy getting a nice chunk of votes and embarrasing Ehrlich. People that vote for Murphy are not coming back out to vote for Ehrlich. We were big supporters of Ehrlich the in 2002 and voted for him in 2006. He is not getting my vote this time do you honestly think he will be able to achieve anything in the General Assembly if he wins? The only thing he will get done is give his friends large contracts.

Posted by: agwilson | September 7, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't see Ehrlich losing the primary but you never know. I do see Murphy getting a nice chunk of votes and embarrasing Ehrlich. People that vote for Murphy are not coming back out to vote for Ehrlich. We were big supporters of Ehrlich in 2002 and voted for him in 2006. He is not getting my vote this time do you honestly think he will be able to achieve anything in the General Assembly if he wins? The only thing he will get done is give his friends large contracts.

Posted by: agwilson | September 7, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

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