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WTOP debate postponed due to Peebles funeral

John Wagner

A radio debate scheduled Friday in the Washington area between Maryland's leading gubernatorial candidates has been postponed because of a funeral both are planning to attend that morning, according to the two campaigns.

Aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said the candidates will not be able to make the 10 a.m. debate on WTOP because they plan to attend the funeral of Betty Peebles, co-founder of a Prince George's megachurch.

Peebles, who led Jericho City of Praise since her husband's death 14 years ago and spearheaded its transformation into a church with 19,000 congregants, died Oct. 12 of cancer at age 76.

Aides to O'Malley and Ehrlich said they are continuing to talk with WTOP about rescheduling the debate sometime next week.

After two television debates last week, O'Malley and Ehrlich will square off Thursday morning on WOLB radio in Baltimore.

By John Wagner  | October 19, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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