Ehrlich makes direct appeal for votes in final ad
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) tells viewers that the election is about them and makes a direct appeal for votes in what aides said Friday will be the final television ad of his 2010 campaign.
"In this campaign, Martin O'Malley has talked a lot about me," Ehrlich says, appearing against a white backdrop and talking over soft music. "He calls me a lobbyist, even blames me for the Gulf oil spill -- nonsense. But this election isn't about Martin O'Malley or me. It's about you."
The reference to the oil spill is from an O'Malley radio ad early in the campaign, while oil was still flowing into the gulf, that branded Ehrlich a "big oil lobbyist." Ehrlich's law firm has represented oil companies, though not BP, the company responsible for the gulf spill. During campaign appearances, Ehrlich, who has never been a registered lobbyist, has continued to deride the ad, long after it stopped airing.
In the remainder of his final television ad, Ehrlich promises to hold down spending, repeal an increase passed in the state sales tax under O'Malley and improve the hiring environment for small businesses in Maryland.
"Now ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Ehrlich says at the ad's conclusion, employing a line from President Ronald Reagan that he also used in an earlier ad. "We can do better ... and I ask for your vote."
| October 29, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, John Wagner
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