Ehrlich prefers Campbell as comptroller candidate
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.
September 3, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
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