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Ehrlich campaign ad claims 'cover-up' on Md. jobs report

John Wagner

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has parlayed the O'Malley administration's removal of a gloomy economic report from a state Web site into a new attack ad.

In a 30-second television spot set to debut in the Baltimore market, Ehrlich says the episode amounts to a "cover-up" by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

The ad refers to an internal report that said Maryland's economy had "stalled" -- a characterization that ran counter to a more positive spin O'Malley's office had approved about slowing job growth in the state.

The report was mistakenly posted Aug. 20 by a staffer at the Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, and removed hours later as alarm bells rang in two state agencies and in the governor's office, according to documents that Ehrlich released at a news conference earlier this week.

"First he makes stuff up. When caught, he covers stuff up," says the ad, which features ominous music and re-creates images of O'Malley administration employees typing e-mails to one another.

DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez has characterized the episode as "a small mistake." O'Malley said this week that he was not aware it had happened.

In a statement Friday night, O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese called Ehrlich's ad a "desperate attack."

"The truth is Maryland has created more than 33,000 jobs since January -- more the twice the national average," said Abbruzzese, who pointed to O'Malley's recent endorsement by the Greater Washington Board of Trade.

By John Wagner  | October 1, 2010; 5:23 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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That's the ticket right there Bobby Haircut - plain view, no embellishment, just the facts as the emails have made clear...2 straight months of job loss isn't a way to "move Maryland forward"..

Posted by: george_w_bush0 | October 1, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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