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Ehrlich's former foe seeks just desserts from O'Malley

Ann Marimow

Former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. got a boost from a surprising corner at his rally in northern Montgomery County over the weekend. Ehrlich's GOP primary rival, Brian Murphy, appeared on stage with Ehrlich and helped make his case that the incumbent Democrat is bad for business -- with an unusually sweet visual aid.

Murphy, who owns the Smith Island Baking Company, pulled an invoice from his pocket addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley at State Circle in Annapolis. The way Murphy tells it, O'Malley owes his company $56.02 for a Smith Island cake the company prepared last January to help the governor make good on a bet with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels after the Baltimore Ravens lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Brian Murphy.jpgMurphy said his bakery staff offered to send one of Maryland's official state desserts - a layer cake with fudge icing - and later followed up to ask where to send an invoice. Murphy said he received an email from the governor's office thanking the company for "the donation," which it was not. He said his employees at the Eastern Shore business have tried to collect the payment since then.

To Murphy, the "delinquent account" sends a message from O'Malley that "it's not important to the governor to support small business." Murphy told his anecdote to the enthusiastic crowd of several hundred Ehrlich supporters on Sunday, and clearly made an impression on the special guest for the event -- former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

When it was Giuliani's turn to take the stage, he said the unpaid invoice gave him one more reason to encourage Maryland voters to "throw out" O'Malley.

"Your governor is a welcher and a deadbeat," Giuliani said.

Maybe not. O'Malley's campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said, "The truth is we don't recall receving an invoice for that. Various folks are looking for the invoice and we're happy to pay the $56."

As an aside, Abbruzzese recalled receiving a second complimentary cake from another bakery that prepares Smith Island cakes, and reported that it was quite good.

By Ann Marimow  | October 26, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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Gimme a break! What this really illustrates is how small minded and petty Ehrlich and his supporters are. With this clowns focus on the mediocre I have no doubt which of the Smith Island cakes mentioned is superior.

Marty is hot, Ehrlich is now 18-20 points behind!

Posted by: SoCali | October 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

i find it distasteful that the Post would use the ethnic slur "welched" in the link to this story. there are plenty of other ways of saying the same thing without resorting to bigotry.
next time try "backed out", "didn't pay", "still owes" etc.

It's 2010 already, time to let go of the old nonsense.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 26, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson: Very interesting that you saw it that way. What I saw was The Post quoting Giuliani. Interesting. Perhaps I'll go back and look at that link again.

Posted by: jennjen | October 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Well jennjen, I was offended by the link (where they put it in quotes) and didn't notice that they were actually quoting Giuliani. But either way, that doesn't change my original comment. I still find it offensive, and even if Giuliani had said that, I don't think it should of been used in the headline link.
Shame on the post, shame on Giuliani.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 26, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Giuliani refers to his daughter, who is a shoplifter.

He should shut up about something so silly that's clearly an administrative slip up.

Posted by: mike8 | October 26, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Really? 'Welched' is an ethnic slur? What's the origin? I had no idea.

Posted by: JCR7 | October 26, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes JCR7, it is. Welch or Welsh are the people of Wales.
Saying someone "welched" on a bet is akin to saying someone "jewed" you on a deal or to use some other reference to a religous or ethnic group in a demeaning or rude way.

Giuliani must hate the Welsh.

Did you know the largest ethnic group of signatories (16 in all) on the original draft of the American Declaration of Independence were Welsh? Thomas Jeffersons' family who came from Snowdonia spoke Welsh too!

Thank you Washington Post for removing the slur from the link headline.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The OED lists the etymology of "welched" as "obscure." On what are you basing your contention that it's an ethnic slur? I'm really curious now...

Posted by: JCR7 | October 26, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

JCR7, try google.
Welch and Welsh are variants of the same word and both refer to the people of Wales, as well as a slur against someone who doesn't pay a bet.

So are you implying Giuliani was trying to say O'Malley came from Wales?

The OED probably lists the etymology of "welched" as "obscure" because they don't know who originally started insulting the people of Wales by using them to identify with someone who backs out of a bet. Maybe it orignially refered to Prince of Wales?

Regardless, it is wrong to use the name of any ethnic or religous group as a common slur. A former Mayor of a city as diverse as New York should know better. But apparently he doesn't.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

If you really want to split hairs, Giuliani really got his slurs wrong. If I'm not wrong, the name O'Malley is of Irish origin. Saying he "welched" on someone would be like calling a native born American a stupid canuck.

Posted by: GP04 | October 26, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"Murphy said his bakery staff offered to send one of Maryland's official state desserts - a layer cake with fudge icing - and later followed up to ask where to send an invoice."

If his staff OFFERED the cake that means IT WAS FREE!!!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 26, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm still going with the OED over Google as a source.

Posted by: JCR7 | October 26, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm still going with the OED over Google as a source.

Seems to me that any possible ethnic origins of "welched" are so well-shrouded that the Post can be given a pass on this one.

Posted by: JCR7 | October 26, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

What? Mr. Ehrlich is pals with Mr. Murphy now? Because he sounded quite different after the primary: "we have a lot of rising stars in our party, including people who have won races." -

His company was credited for the cake in o'malley's press release. But takes a whole year to say something about it...These guys are all PETTY. (They should be reckoning on Guiliani's wives instead.)

Posted by: allardcranston | October 26, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

For goodness sake, does Team Ehrlich really believe that they have uncovered yet another Watergate type scandal? Things must be dropping precipitously for them.

Posted by: hankdickey | October 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Can you see him shouting from his window on the second floor: "let them eat cake."

Posted by: tcs1999 | October 29, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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