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Marvin Mandel, other Dems urge turnout for Republican Ehrlich

Dundalk2.jpgA rally meant to showcase former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s strength among conservative Democrats drew fewer than 100 people in Dundalk on Saturday morning -- but a couple of big names were among them.

"Bob Ehrlich's my friend, and that's the important thing," former Maryland governor Marvin Mandel (D) told the crowd at the 9 a.m. rally. "You don't walk away when things get a little tough. ... The whole election can change in two days. We just need to get our voters out, get our people to vote."

Several recent polls have shown Ehrlich trailing Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) by double digits. The Dundalk gathering was the first of five appearances Ehrlich scheduled Saturday in an effort to boost turnout Tuesday, particularly among his base.

Dunalk1.jpgOther speakers echoed Mandel's sentiment that Ehrlich could win if Democratic turnout is low and the Republican succeeds in energizing his voters.

Julius Henson, an Ehrlich consultant, told the crowd that polls, including one by The Washington Post, showed O'Malley with a 14 percentage point lead. Recent gubernatorial elections in Maryland have all been much closer than that, Henson noted, so it seems impossible O'Malley could be "a landslide and a half" ahead.

Others speakers included George W. Owings III, a former veterans affairs secretary under Ehrlich who sought the Democratic nomination against O'Malley, before dropping out of the race for health-related reasons.

"By God, we will win next Tuesday," Owing said.

Ehrlich recounted for the crowd the important role his wife, Kendel, played in getting him to keep an open mind about running again, following his 2006 defeat by O'Malley and a disappointing year for Republicans nationally in 2008.

Ehrlich said he has been inspired in this campaign to help the many people who have come up to him at events and asked for help finding work for themselves or a family member.

"I've never seen so much hurt on the street in prosperous Maryland," Ehrlich said.

He predicted that O'Malley "will be history in 48 hours."

By John Wagner  | October 30, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
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Quite a collection: a sore loser from the Democratic primary, and a former governor who served time.

If that's the best he can do, he really will lose by double digits.

Posted by: Meridian1 | October 31, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

This is the Governor who gutted the countryside preservation fund immediately he was elected and then tried to sell parts of the State Parks because they were "remote" (the first sale was of a lot with a view of the Chesapeake Bay to a campaign contributor). Does anybody in their right mind want him re elected? Shame on the Post for suggesting with the headline that there is any significant support from Democrats for this deeply unpleasant person.

Posted by: ianstuart | October 31, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Anyone but O'Malley.

Posted by: hared | October 31, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Well, now that Maryland's second most corrupt politician in history (after Spiro T Agnew) says Erlich is OK, how could we even think about voting for O'Malley? LOL! It figures that they would have this dog and pony show in Dundalk, Archie Bunker's ancestral home.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 31, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"He predicted that O'Malley 'will be history in 48 hours.'"

Ehrlich already is!

Posted by: dharazdu | October 31, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

mandel was a freaking crook who went to jail. he was a national disgrace -- if bob ehrlich wants to associate himself with convicted felons than he has already disqualified himself from public office.

ehrlich + a convicted felon? WTF? ehrlich is looking for endorsements from criminals?

Posted by: FranknErnest | October 31, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

There wasn't a promise he kept last time around. Ehrlich keeps trying to change history, but it's because of crooks like Mandel, that Marylanders have looong memories. 40% increase in college tuition, raiding transportation and land preservation trust funds ... now promising more money spent and no way to pay for it ... AGAIN ... not going to happen buddy. O'Malley knows how to take a horrible economy and continue to move this state forward!

Posted by: ConcernedD | October 31, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Bobby hairspray let slip their plan - stop Democrats from voting because that's the only way Republicans win.

Somebody should make the little twerp write out the U.S. Constitution in longhand until he commits it to memory.

Posted by: bizecology | October 31, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Bobby hairspray let slip their plan - stop Democrats from voting because that's the only way Republicans win.

Somebody should make the little twerp write out the U.S. Constitution in longhand until he commits it to memory.

Posted by: bizecology | October 31, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Marvin Mandel? Marvin Mandel? Really? I didn't know he was still alive. I guess the time her served didn't hurt him too bad. Oh I see, he is 90 years old. Good for him! That doesn't change his conviction on racketeering and mail fraud. Yep - that sounds like Bob Ehrlich's kind of endorsement. I keep remembering the dirty tricks Ehrlich tried to pull in Prince Georges last time, and the accidental listing in the Montgomery County voter guide that he was a Dem. The only way Ehrlich wins is by suppressing the Democrat vote. I hear it will rain Tuesday, so that may help Ehrlich's chances.

Posted by: bfjam | October 31, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Here come the taxes thanks dems

Posted by: cheverly1 | November 1, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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