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Women voters target O'Malley in new Ehrlich ad

John Wagner

UPDATED***

A new television ad from former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) uses a series of voters to try to make the case that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is "taxing me like I'm rich" and has otherwise been insensitive to the concerns of working families.

Interestingly, all dozen voters in the ad -- which is shot in black and white -- are women. Ehrlich's running mate, Mary D. Kane, appears in the spot but Ehrlich does not.

Ehrlich has been making a concerted push in recent weeks to boost his standing among women.

In a Washington Post poll of likely voters last month, he trailed O'Malley among women, 56 percent to 38 percent. Among men, O'Malley's lead was much narrower, 49 percent to 45 percent.

The Ehrlich campaign said the ad will air in the Baltimore market starting this weekend.

*** The O'Malley campaign on Friday night did not let Ehrlich's new ad pass without return fire.

Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Abbruzzese released a statement noting the series of rallies O'Malley held this week with women voters and called the ad an act of desperation.

"Bob Ehrlich appears to be making a last ditch effort to stop his slide with women voters in his latest attack ad, and for good reason," Abbruzzese said. "In the last week alone thousands of women for O'Malley-Brown have gathered in Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County to get out the vote for Martin O'Malley."

The O'Malley camp also sought to turn the subject away from the taxes discussed in Ehrlich's add, using its all-women cast to focus on the former governor's record of having vetoed a bill in 2004 designed to ensure equal-pay for women.

In that veto, Ehrlich wrote that the state had not received "any complaints relative to the Equal Pay for Equal Work law in the past ten years. As such, I am not convinced that this is a problem in need of a solution."

By John Wagner  | October 15, 2010; 6:04 PM ET
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O'Malley is a medical miracle. Brainless, gutless, and spineless.

Posted by: wewintheylose | October 16, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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Hey Democrats.

In the current issue of the New York Times magazine, Obama admits that there's "no such thing as shovel-ready" when it comes to public works.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | October 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If you actually click on the 'veto' link at the end of this article, you will see exactly why he vetoed this bill - because it was another example of a duplicitous action in state government and therefore a waste of time and tax payer dollars. It was also likely a set up by the Democratic legislature's senior members, so that article's like this one could be written during an election year. A more efficient, cost-effective government -that's why Governor Ehrlich gets my vote.

Posted by: smendelstein | October 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Deputy Campaign Manager Rick Abbruzzese released a statement noting the series of rallies O'Malley held this week with women voters and called the ad an act of desperation.

Hey Rick, not as desperate as your camp is to keeping us from having Sade, NOT THE SINGER, come forward and spill the goods. We have now come to an agreement and she will come forward and make a statement about how well Martin gets along with women and how devoted he is to family, both of his families. Yeah Ricky, try to fight this one, the same week of the Genera Election you are going into the fight of your life. Thank you donors for assisting us in finding the truth and getting the truth out, wait for the NOVEMBER SURPRISE.

Posted by: Fred23 | October 16, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans lost every election in the State of Maryland last time out - every one - and it's starting to look like they are going to go down the tubes again this November.

The Republicans won't be able to buy the voters of Maryland, no matter how much dirty money they spend.

There are just not enough ignorant rednecks and morons living in Maryland anymore for the Republicans to win there.

Posted by: gooch733 | October 16, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Any female voting for Ehrlich this time around must not have heard his comment during the first campaign when a reporter stated what an asset Ehrlich's wife had been throughout the campaign. Accomplished and successful in her own right, Ehrlich's response was "yeah, she's camera-ready."
Sorry, not my type by a long shot.

Posted by: bbt1234 | October 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

MD is a disaster under O'Malley. Bring back Ehrlich, PLEASE!!!! Taxes are thru the roof and spending is out of control. Dont even ask about State Pensions that are unfunded. Stem the red tide on Nov 2.

Posted by: espnfan | October 16, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

MD is a disaster under O'Malley. Bring back Ehrlich, PLEASE!!!! Taxes are thru the roof and spending is out of control. Dont even ask about State Pensions that are unfunded. Stem the red tide on Nov 2.

Posted by: espnfan | October 16, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fred, are you that desperate? Is your camp that stupid to start with the fake rumors again? Put up signs, knock doors, phone bank, donate so your guy can put his new commercial on the air-his buy this week looks to be very low as I am seeing 3 O'Malley ads for every BOBBY ad, but don't go down the path that led to your man's beatdown 4 years ago.

So let me break it down for you, work hard, push your message but don't bear false witness against a good family man. What's next busing in homeless guys for the former 1st lady to give a pep talk to?

Posted by: Negotiator1 | October 16, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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