Ehrlich knocks O'Malley for Calvert Cliffs setback
Maryland's leading gubernatorial candidates exchanged blows on energy policy Saturday following news that Constellation Energy had shelved its proposal to build a new reactor at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, citing "unworkable" loan guarantee terms from the Obama administration.
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) blamed Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for failing to help negotiate a deal between Constellation and the Energy Department on a project that could mean 4,000 jobs in Maryland.
"Governor O'Malley had an obligation to broker an agreement between these parties in order to make this economic development project a reality. He failed," Ehrlich said in a statement.
Ehrlich noted that President Obama appeared at a political rally with O'Malley on Thursday in Prince George's County. Ehrlich called Obama's appearance "an extraordinary opportunity to bridge the divide between the federal government and the joint venture spearheading this project."
"Did Governor O'Malley even mention the subject or did he put his political campaign ahead of Maryland's long-term economic and energy security?" Ehrlich asked.
Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's deputy campaign manager, shot back with a statement accusing Ehrlich of having "no credibility" on energy issues, given his record while governor.
"Bob Ehrlich left us with a failed Public Service Commission and 72 percent rate increase and now he wants to talk about energy?" Abbruzzese said. "Bob Ehrlich talking about energy policy is like Bob Ehrlich saying he didn't raise taxes and fees by $3 billion. He has no credibility on either issue."
An e-mail sent Saturday morning to Constellation employees by Mayo A. Shattuck, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, included words of praise for O'Malley and other Maryland elected officials.
"Throughout the past many months, we have had the firm support of the Maryland congressional delegation, the governor, our allies in labor and the people of Southern Maryland," said the e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
In the e-mail, Shattuck said it is possible that the company's partner, French power company Electricite de France, may be able to proceed under the terms of the proposed loan guarantee.
| October 9, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
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